La Cite du vin is a wine gallery in Bordeaux that explores the depiction of wine in art. There were two major exhibits being presented, the first showing wine in traditional forms of art, mainly oil on canvas. The second was more interactive, with headphones and digital media.
I was personally more fascinated with the traditional exhibit, called Bistrot, I have always had an interest in painting and have a few friends who are painters. The introductory plaques as well were quite an interesting read, with some great quotes.
“Swayed between glorification and condemnation of the effects of alcohol.” This was the story that the exhibit was showing. The art curation seemed purposely contradicting the perception of alcohol. Glamour shots of beautiful women and business men sipping on cognac or champagne contrasted with dreary, grey-washed imagery of lower class society at a run-down pub. Very thought provoking.
The gallery also presented some more abstract works by Picasso and Monet.
“Red wine was synonymous with strength; the “robust” wine drinker was considered the contrary to the “lazy” water drinker.”