From June 27 to August 25, Château La Dominique, home of Saint-Émilion grand cru classé in Bordeaux, transforms its Jean Nouvel-designed wine cellar into an exhibition area that explores the place of red in art.
The wine cellar is a masterpiece: a magnificent, burgundy-spangled vat room with a panoramic roof terrace set in the middle of Saint-Émilion’s vineyard, near Bordeaux. The space was conceived by Jean Nouvel, the architect of Quai Branly Museum and the Philharmonic Society of Paris.
In 2012, Château La Dominique acquired this new state-of-the-art technical equipment, the modernity of which does not look out of place in a region used to architectural boldness, like the City of Wine in Bordeaux.
In this place, which "captures the landscape, plays with the land and creates an emotion," Château La Dominique hosts, for the second year in a row, an exhibition about the red theme. This time, they are focusing on it as the color of commitment, the political dimension used in the broad sense of everything concerning life in the city.
Art at the winery
The artwork is presented especially through photographs, paintings, drawings, videos—offering a vision full of optimism with red as the bridge between the world and art.
Some 15 international artists have been invited, including, among others: Robert Combas, creator of the movement known as figuration libre (Free Figuration), Jean-Pierre Raynaud and Jérémy Gobé. His in-situ piece, named La Liberté guidant la laine (Freedom guiding wool), evokes the struggle of the working class through an original knitted wool tapestry with Jacquard motif.
The visit includes the presentation of the property, its architecture and the above-mentioned exhibition, and ends with a tasting of the wines of the 29-hectare (71 acre) vineyard Château La Dominique, which is located northwest of Saint-Émilion, at the edge of the Pomerol appellation.