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Ornellaia 2008 “L’Energia”

May 2011 hailed the release the vintage Ornellaia 2008. Each vintage bestows upon Ornellaia its own unique character, and the 2008 harvest yielded a wine of exceptional intensity. The sun’s energy is heightened and magnified by the presence of the sea, just a few kilometres from our vineyards in Bolgheri. The vine captures this life-force throughout the entire growing season, and transmits it to the berries, where it undergoes transformation into aromas, tannins, and anthocyanins. It is almost as if the sun finds an accumulation effect in the grape which later releases this energy little by little, giving the wine a unique natural vibrancy. Every year Ornellaia has given evidence of this intimate bond with the sun, and vintage 2008 particularly reflects an indelible and permanent characteristic of ‘Energy’ in the wine. The climate in fact was interwoven with sun, warmth, and cool breezes in a truly unparalleled fashion.

The Artist Rebecca Horn

Rebecca Horn, sculptor, performer and director, is a protagonist of the international art scene. She lives and works in Germany. Sophisticated and versatile, Rebecca Horn has become famous since 1970 for her performances and installations. She also creates drawings, photographs, videos and over the past years has started directing theatrical plays and writing literary texts. A recurrent element in her work is the relationship between body and space, movement, and music, with a particular focus on the interaction between the viewer and space. The artistic research of Rebecca Horn is characterized by a highly expressive and universal poetic. Inspired by an extraordinary personal archive that includes memory, science, music, literature, mythology, magic and alchemy, her work analyzes the old dilemma of the meaning of human existence. Museums all over the world have dedicated important exhibitions to Rebecca Horn’s works.

The Artpiece

For the Energy (L’Energia) of Ornellaia 2008, Rebecca Horn has created a site-specific work of art for the Ornellaia main barrel room. The ‘site-specific’ installation will be is a kinetic sculpture in copper with mirrors, which takes its inspiration from the process of wine production. The sculpture interacts with the surrounding space creating an alchemical process which in turn transforms the elements of liquid, solid and air into Energy.

Special Labels

For the Energy (L’Energia) of Ornellaia 2008, Rebecca Horn has created the special labels for the extremely limited-edition series of Ornellaia 2008 Vendemmia d’Artista large size bottles. The Double Magnum bottles (3 litres) each carry an exclusive label on which the artist has intervened with a unique personalization. For the Imperial bottles (6 litres), the artist has also surrounded each bottle with a unique sculpture made of copper elements. The unique Salmanazar bottle (9 litres) becomes itself an intricate sculpture and takes inspiration from the copper elements that compose the sculpture positioned in the Ornellaia barrel room. Each bottle is individually numbered and personally signed by Rebecca Horn.

Event

Live and telephone auction by Tenuta dell’Ornellaia conducted by Christiane Gräfin zu Rantzau, chairman Christie’s Germany, to benefit the “Verein der Freunde der Nationalgalerie”.

Neue Nationalgalerie,
Berlin
19 May 2011

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