The Tem­po­rary ex­hi­bi­tions

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De­signed to at­tract a broader range of vis­i­tors and not just those in­ter­ested in wine, La Cité du Vin has com­mit­ted to a sched­ule of two tem­po­rary ex­hi­bi­tions per year: one artis­tic and the other fo­cus­ing on an in­di­vid­ual wine re­gion. No mean un­der­tak­ing, when you con­sider the lead time of 2 years min­i­mum for each and the var­i­ous or­ga­ni­za­tions and ex­perts in­volved in the plan­ning.

Bistrot! From Baude­laire to Pi­casso

(17 March un­til 21 June) fea­tures over 100 works, in­clud­ing pho­to­graphs and paint­ings from artists, some such as Mark Rothko who have never be­fore been ex­hib­ited in Bordeaux. Di­vided into 4 sec­tions, the ex­hi­bi­tion has as an over­rid­ing theme the role played by cafés, bistrots and other con­vivial spa­ces, in artis­tic cre­ations and so­ci­ety in gen­eral, from the 18th-cen­tury to the mod­ern day. In ad­di­tion to paint­ings by Toulouse-lautrec and Vuil­lard, as ex­am­ples of how artists of their time used paint­ing as a way of cap­tur­ing the at­mos­phere in a café, later works by Rothko and Dix fo­cus on the soli­tary fe­male in a bar, coin­cid­ing with the eman­ci­pa­tion at that time. Well-known pho­tos by Dois­neau and Cartier-bres­son are put to great use por­tray­ing both the rich and poor en­joy­ing al­co­hol (Cham­pagne for the for­mer, red wine for the lat­ter) and the re­sul­tant at­trac­tions.

Record­ings of pas­sages from Baude­laire’s poetry, specif­i­cally ‘The Soul of Wine‘ can be listed to at var­i­ous stages through­out the visit as well as songs from the last cen­tury about bistrots and bars. Ex­tracts from films de­pict­ing the im­por­tance of Parisi­enne cafés, Ir­ish pubs and Amer­i­can din­ers in cin­ema are shown in a ded­i­cated space at the cen­tre of the ex­hi­bi­tion. Daily guided tours are avail­able and other events with art his­to­ri­ans are sched­uled plus the evening tour which cul­mi­nates with an aper­i­tif in the clas­sic Borde­lais Café des Arts.

Ge­or­gia: The Birth­place of Wine

(31 July – 5 Novem­ber) is a fit­ting start to the mu­seum’s fo­cus on spe­cific viti­cul­tural re­gions, given its long his­tory with mak­ing and con­sum­ing wine. Or­ga­nized in con­junc­tion with the Na­tional Mu­seum of Ge­or­gia and the Ge­or­gian wine As­so­ci­a­tion, the ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tures over 100 works of arche­ol­ogy and eth­nol­ogy, prov­ing a wine cul­ture that dates back over 5,000 years. Knives for vine prun­ing, ves­sels for stor­ing wine and jewellery de­pict­ing grapes all form part of the dis­play, many of which were orig­i­nally un­earthed in parts of the coun­try which still make wine today.

Ge­or­gians are right­fully proud of their wine­mak­ing his­tory and le­gends and folk­lore which make ref­er­ence to these ac­tiv­i­ties can be viewed dur­ing the ex­hi­bi­tion. The im­por­tance of Chris­tian­ity which was adapted in the 4th-cen­tu­ryis also in ev­i­dence, no­tably in the form of early crosses which were made us­ing vines. Fol­low­ing a golden age for viti­cul­tur­ists in the mid­dle ages, the in­dus­try suf­fered greatly with the ar­rival of Phyl­lox­era which dev­as­tated both wild and cul­ti­vated vines. Trade today re­lies heav­ily on the re­la­tion­ship with Rus­sia which re­mains a strong mar­ket for the wines, but qual­ity pro­duc­ers are look­ing more to other Euro­pean mar­kets. The fu­ture of Ge­or­gian wine will form part of the dis­cus­sion of cul­tural events or­ga­nized around the ex­hi­bi­tion and a num­ber of wine tast­ing work­shops with pro­duc­ers from the re­gions of Kakheti and Racha-lechkhumi are also sched­uled.

‘Record­ings of pas­sages from Baude­laire’s poetry, specif­i­cally ‘The Soul of Wine‘ can be listed to at var­i­ous stages through­out the visit as well as songs from the last cen­tury about bistrots and bars.‘

‘Ge­or­gians are right­fully proud of their wine­mak­ing his­tory and le­gends and folk­lore which make ref­er­ence to these ac­tiv­i­ties can be viewed dur­ing the ex­hi­bi­tion.‘

PHOTO D.R.

‘Le Vin‘, a can­vas from Léon Lher­mite.

PHOTO GE­OR­GIAN WINE AS­SO­CI­A­TION

Kakheti, Telavi, Rtveli 2011– Tra­di­tional wine har­vest­ing in Ge­or­gia.

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