“Today we have witnessed the way Hennessy is crafting the future"
The inauguration ceremony was scheduled at 9:30am and I was running late. As always, traffic that morning in Guangzhou was terrible. The taxi was stuck on a bridge over-looking the Pearl River and from the window I could see the Opera House in the far distance… I started to wonder whether I would make it in time. The week had been intense and stressful enough for everyone working on the event and when I finally reached the Opera, I was surprised to find the teams performing a pig roast ceremony outside the building. “Eating a pig before any important event is a custom here, explained the Chinese staff. It helps to have the gods on our side so you have to try!”
Moët-Hennessy’s CEO Christophe Navarre was to arrive any time for the opening visit. The Opera House was already packed with journalists and TV crews setting their cameras. Tension was clearly rising... Away from the excited crowd, I found Charles Sandison waiting in his corner, calm as usual. Charles is one of the eleven artists on board of the Hennessy 250 Tour and his installation, “A Tale of Two Families”, operates very much like his mind: it’s bright, surprising and very “digital”. Having Sandison to introduce the first chapter of the exhibition was a smart move and allowed the guests to perfectly visualize the continuous flow of Hennessy's history.