THE MAN Magazine Cambodia - - Basel Report -

World­wide event brings to­gether her­itage and con­tem­po­rary art whilst the Hen­nessy 250 Col­lec­tor Blend is re­vealed An un­con­ven­tional, multi-facetted and multi-dis­ci­plinary event, The Hen­nessy 250 Tour blends the con­cept of a ma­jor trav­el­ling ex­hi­bi­tion with that of a cul­tural fes­ti­val. While this ex­hi­bi­tion marks the first time that the Mai­son Hen­nessy has re­counted its il­lus­tri­ous history and se­cret rit­u­als, it is also de­signed to be a for­ward-look­ing, cul­tural hap­pen­ing. The Hen­nessy 250 Tour of­fers a 360° per­spec­tive on the Mai­son’s past, present and fu­ture as ren­dered in carte blanche cre­ations and per­for­mances by a se­lec­tion of in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised con­tem­po­rary artists. “Ever since Richard Hen­nessy founded the Mai­son in 1765, and through­out the seven gen­er­a­tions that fol­lowed, Hen­nessy has forged its rep­u­ta­tion by al­ways look­ing for­ward, by be­ing en­gaged with and pas­sion­ate about the avant-garde, by cul­ti­vat­ing deep ties with far­away coun­tries and cul­tures and by think­ing glob­ally be­fore that no­tion was in­vented,” ob­serves Bernard Peil­lon, chair­man and CEO of the Mai­son Hen­nessy. From March through Septem­ber 2015, The Hen­nessy 250 Tour will touch down in iconic land­marks in five cities cho­sen for their sig­nif­i­cant his­tor­i­cal and cul­tural affini­ties with the Mai­son Hen­nessy. Des­ti­na­tions in­clude the Zaha Ha­did Opera House in Guangzhou, China (March); the New Ma­nege in Moscow, Rus­sia (May); Lin­coln Cen­ter in New York, USA (July); the Circa Gallery in Johannesburg, South Africa (Au­gust); and at an as-yet undis­closed lo­ca­tion in Paris, France (Septem­ber).

The Hen­nessy 250 Tour Ex­hi­bi­tion

The Hen­nessy 250 Tour is con­ceived as a hy­brid cul­tural event, a trav­el­ling ex­hi­bi­tion oc­cu­py­ing more than 6,500 square feet (600 square me­tres) of gallery space, com­bined with orig­i­nal live per­for­mances. Or­ches­trated by art cu­ra­tor Hervé Mikaeloff in col­lab­o­ra­tion with scenog­ra­pher Nathalie Crinière and Hen­nessy her­itage ex­pert Raphaël Gérard. In keep­ing with a cre­ative her­itage that is as much ma­te­rial as im­ma­te­rial, The Hen­nessy 250 Tour show­cases lead­ing con­tem­po­rary artists whose works and in­stal­la­tions – both real and vir­tual - evoke the Mai­son’s legacy and ex­per­tise. Among the fea­tured works are pieces by the French artists Xavier Veil­han and Pier­rick Sorin, the French de­signer Con­stance Guis­set, Amer­i­can artist Tony Oursler, the Scot­tish artist Charles San­di­son and Dutch pho­tog­ra­pher and film di­rec­tor An­ton Cor­bijn. A trove of archival ma­te­ri­als, por­traits, and films re­count the Hen­nessy fam­ily’s global ad­ven­ture and its con­nec­tion with great mo­ments through­out History, such as Gen­eral La Fayette’s de­par­ture for Amer­ica. These trea­sures in­clude doc­u­ments signed by il­lus­tri­ous fig­ures such as Tal­leyrand and Alexan­dre Du­mas. Ev­ery stop on The Hen­nessy 250 Tour will show­case once-in-al­ife­time per­for­mances star­ring lo­cal artists. These events were cre­ated es­pe­cially for this mo­ment in or­der to il­lus­trate Hen­nessy’s phi­los­o­phy of blend­ing in­flu­ences and cul­tures.

The Hen­nessy 250 Col­lec­tor Blend

In tan­dem with the an­nounce­ment of The Hen­nessy 250 Tour, Yann Fil­lioux, the Mai­son’s Master Blender, pre­sented the Hen­nessy 250 Col­lec­tor Blend: “To mark mile­stone cel­e­bra­tions, Hen­nessy has al­ways care­fully cre­ated a spe­cial co­gnac to il­lus­trate a sense of con­ti­nu­ity. To­day, the Mai­son cel­e­brates 250 years of savoir-faire and ex­cel­lence by cre­at­ing a unique an­niver­sary blend.” Since 2010, Yann Fil­lioux, to­gether with his Comité de Dé­gus­ta­tion (Tast­ing Com­mit­tee), has been se­lect­ing eaux de vie from amongst the ones he has care­fully cho­sen and ma­tured through­out his 50year pres­ence in the Mai­son. In or­der to pre­pare the Hen­nessy 250 Col­lec­tor Blend, these eaux-de-vie were aged in 250 hand­made,

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