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Moët & Chandon invites an exceptional master piece in its cellars

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Moët & Chandon invites the public to experience an exceptional master piece in its storied cellars. [read the full champagne story] 

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The must-see avant-garde relief, commissioned by the House to American artist Daniel Arsham, is the newest highlight of the historic Galerie Impériale

Paris, 1 March 2024 – Moët & Chandon is delighted to announce that a masterpiece created in a first-time collaboration with the contemporary American artist Daniel Arsham is now on public display in its historic cellars in Epernay, Champagne.  First unveiled last Fall to celebrate the Maison’s 280th anniversary in Paris in occasion of  the reveal of the new cuvée d’exception Collection Impériale Création NO.1, the avant-garde artwork today finds its home in the Galerie Impériale, a spectacular new focal point of the visitor’s tour of the cellars.

Commissioned by Moët & Chandon, the magnificent relief has become an integral part of the legacy of the House. Visitors to the Galerie Impériale, named after a visit by Emperor Napoleon and commemorated with a marble plaque, will appreciate the timeless quality of Daniel Arsham’s contemporary artwork: its timeless essence effortlessly harmonizes in an eternal dialogue with the aged walls and champagnes that surround it, in a captivating fusion of the modern and the past, represented by the living heritage of Grand Vintages that surround the relief, one of the largest in the region. 

‘We are thrilled to invite the public to explore our latest cellar addition – a distinctive artwork by Daniel Arsham that encapsulates our history and craftsmanship. Commissioned to coincide with the debut of our Collection Impériale Création NO.1 – released in celebration of the Maison’s 280th anniversary – we are delighted that this artwork will remain permanently in our cellars, mirroring the timeless design of our exceptional new cuvée,’ says Benoît Gouez, Moët & Chandon’s Cellar Master.

A Masterpiece that Captures the Art of Moët & Chandon’s Craft 

Daniel Arsham’s monumental relief, one of the acclaimed artist’s newest creations, is 3 meters long and 1.3 meters high. The splendid artwork captures core elements that illustrate the heritage of the House:  two central putti, raise a plaque adorned with “1743,” the year the House was founded by Claude Moët; a female mythological figure – the Greek deity “Pheme,” personification of fame and renown – joyously toots a trumpet, resounding far and wide the reputation of the House; the architectural façade of the Château de Saran evokes the family saga of the Maison; the sprawling vineyards recall the abundance of the House’s natural estate and the diversity of the Champagne region; and a wooden wine barrel pays tribute to the wine expertise and imperial connection that distinguishes the House.   

Arsham chose a white cast resin as the medium for his masterpiece, a knowing nod to the chalky soils of the Champagne region that grace the walls of the cellars. Subtle traces of visible erosion instill a sense of the passage of time in the artwork, both an Arsham signature and an enigmatic element that infuses the piece with a timeless quality. 

Drawing inspiration from his relief, Arsham ingeniously designed 85 limited-edition bottles — extraordinary three-dimensional time capsules that serve as collectible chest for Collection Impériale Création NO. 1. These exquisite artist-designed objects transcend their utilitarian purpose as collectibles that will endure long after the champagne they hold is savored, enchanting discerning owners for years to come.

The Genesis of the Wall Relief

Arsham’s piece was inspired directly by a stained-glass panel that has graced the entrance of House’s cellars since the 1890s. The artist first discovered that panel on a tour of the Moët & Chandon estate in the company of Benoît Gouez.  He was enthralled by the allegorical richness of the panel which weaves well-chosen symbols to depict the renown of the House, the abundance of its vineyards and the expertise of its winemakers.

A Preeminent Artist of his Generation 

Hailed as the Archaeologist of the Future, Daniel Arsham is one of today’s most impactful artists. His practice intertwines the essence of time, bridging past, present and future in a variety of materials.  His unique mastery finds a harmonious resonance with the time-sensitive expertise of champagne-making at Moët & Chandon.  

‘I am honored to see my work showcased in such an important place within the legacy of Moët & Chandon, the Galerie Impériale. This collaboration has established a meaningful connection between my art and the heritage of the Maison, and I am proud to have contributed to its ongoing story.’ says the artist, Daniel Arsham.

Moët & Chandon x Daniel Arsham special edition is priced at €25,000 and can be purchased at the official boutique in Epernay or ordered at the link https://www.moet.com/en-int/collection-imperiale-daniel-arsham

Daniel Arsham’s relief can be enjoyed by all visitors to the historical cellars of the Maison. Tours start from €40 per person. 

For champagne lovers who would like to discover more about the latest addition to the Maison’s gems, Collection Impériale Création NO.1, and dive into the creation at the heart of the House’s craftsmanship, the tour Haute Oenologie is now also available: a two-hour invigorating multi-sensorial experience including a tour of the historical cellar and a degustation featuring Moët Imperial, a Grand Vintage selected by Chef de Cave and matured in Magnum bottles, and the very Collection Impériale Création NO.1. The tour Haute Oneologie is organized for groups of maximum six people and priced at 200€ per person. 

Moët & Chandon’s Visitors Centre operating hours: 

From March 25th to November 11th   open every day from 9:30 to 17:30
From March 1st  to March 24th  and from November 12th to December 29th, open from Thursday to Monday from 9:30 to 17:30 

To book, please visit 

https://www.moet.com/en-int/visit-us#section-visit-us-reservations-container

ABOUT MOËT & CHANDON

Moët & Chandon was founded in 1743 by Claude Moët and elevated to international renown by his descendant, Jean-Remy Moët, who dreamt of “sharing the effervescence of Champagne with the world.” From royal court to red carpet, Studio 54 to Grand Slams, Moët & Chandon has been bringing people together around thrilling, extraordinary moments. With the largest, most diverse vineyards in the region, the House offers a universal & versatile portfolio of champagnes for every occasion and palate. Easy to love, each creation in white and rosé – from the iconic Moët Impérial to the refined Grand Vintage Collection, from the refreshing Moët Ice Impérial to the gentle Nectar Impérial, and the multilayered Collection Impériale, the newest expression of the House’s art of Haute Oenologie – dazzles and delights with a broad spectrum of flavors and aromas to capture the astonishing breadth of its terroir. Through Natura Nostra, Moët & Chandon’s long-term sustainability program, the House works to protect biodiversity in the region and, since 2009, Moët & Chandon also supports philanthropic initiatives through Toast for a Cause. For nearly three centuries, Moët & Chandon has been the champagne of choice to mark both significant events in history and personal celebrations, enhancing each toast with the spark of effervescence. 

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