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Drinking with the gods

Temporary exhibition

9 April 2021 - 29 August 2021


From 9th April to 29th August 2021
Open during the Cité du Vin's opening hours


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The exhibition

Wine: drink of gods, drink of men...


Cité du Vin deals with mythology in its 4th temporary artistic exhibition: Drinking with the gods as soon as the Cité du Vin reopen to 29th August 2021. Through a journey marked out by contemporary sound and visual effects, Drinking with the gods highlights the close ties established by Graeco-Roman civilisation between wine, gods and men. The exhibition lets us discover the many faces of Dionysus, the chief god of wine, and the wealth of rituals associated with him.

Drinking with the gods presents around fifty antique works (including some special loans from the Louvre Museum and the National Archaeological Museum of Athens) and three monumental creations specially designed for the exhibition by street artists. An exhibition produced by the Foundation for Wine Culture and Civilisations alongside Jean-Yves Marin, exhibition curator and museologist.

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Wine: drink of gods, drink of mens

For its new temporary exhibition, the Cité du Vin explores Antiquity and traces the evolution of wine’s role in Graeco-Roman civilisation. The divine nectar, wine is also the drink of earthly banquets shared by men eager to get closer to the gods. Foremost among them is Dionysus, born of the love of Zeus and a mortal. He is the wandering god who discovers the vine and teaches men the art of making wine.
Nearly fifty works (ceramics, sculptures, paintings) produced by the greatest artists of their time will reveal the mythology linked to wine and its ritual consumption during ancient festivals and banquets.

3 contemporary creations at the heart of the exhibition

At the invitation of the Foundation for Wine Culture and Civilisations, street artists MonkeyBird, Delphine Delas and Rouge will each create a monumental figurative work, echoing the ancient works exhibited. Fully integrated into the exhibition tour, these installations will present a contemporary reading of major myths that have rarely been represented (the myth of Ampelos, Dionysian festivals and Dionysos’ travels around the world).

The Foundation for Wine Culture and Civilisations wanted, once again, to engage with today’s artists by offering exclusive creations (original works by matali crasset and Jérôme de Gerlache were specially designed for Mind-blowing! When art and design take on glass last year) and thus offer visitors a new look, a new interpretation, for an ever more exceptional experience. “We wanted to bring the modern look of contemporary artists face to face with ancient works, to show how ancient myths can still inspire today’s artists,” says Marion Eybert, temporary exhibitions manager at the Cité du Vin.

about MonkeyBird

MonkeyBird is a collective resulting from a collaboration between two French artists. Investing urban spaces as well as institutions, they have made the mural their preferred means of expression. Inspired by sacred works such as illuminations, stained glass and Japanese prints, they transcribe social themes through the use of animal totems to represent the symbolism they want to express. For the exhibition, MonkeyBird will offer an interpretation of the myth of Ampelos.​

about Delphine Delas

Delphine Delas questions our relationship with reality through a dreamlike and mythological world, in which nature dominates a humanity forced to undergo metamorphosis.
Her creations, made up of organic and minimal lines set against monochrome backgrounds, are populated by hybrid or deified characters/subjects, inspired by ancient civilisations or pagan rites. For the exhibition, Delphine Delas will focus on Dionysos’ travels around the world.

about Rouge

Since 2014, Rouge has been developing a figurative practice - painting, drawing - which she deploys in city spaces and for exhibitions. She works in collage or mural, thus becoming part of contemporary urban art as heir to the fresco and the monument, and also by making urban space an outdoor territory of plastic and political exploration. For the exhibition, Rouge will offer an installation on Dionysian festivals.