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DANIEL ARSHAM; ART, ARCHITECHTURE AND PERFORMANCE

MAKING ARCHITECHTURE MISBEHAVE

Daniel Arsham studied Architecture at the Cooper Union in New York City, where he received the Gelman Trust Fellowship Award in 2003. Arsham makes architecture do things it is not supposed to do, searching everyday experiences for opportunities to confuse and confound our expectations of space and shapes: a façade that appears to billow in the wind, a figure wrapped up in the surface of a wall. In a lot of his art, movement and time are suggested in striking images that require the viewer to challenge first impressions. The passage of time is also conveyed in the notion of decay or damage; we see imperishable objects such as cameras and telephones take on a fossilised or eroded form when he creates them from compressed crystal and rock powder.

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For “Here to There”, featuring video artwork especially created by five international artists for the Hennessy 250 Tour, Arsham has conceived a 3-minute video celebrating the Maison’s close ties with America. Each of the five was commissioned to interpret, in his or her very personal way, Hennessy’s strong and historic links with the artist’s country of origin. Here, anticipating on a possible future, Arsham looks back at the legacy of our time as various objects, clocks, cameras, and televisions made out of ice, seem to emerge from a time capsule. His short film questions our perception of themes recurrent in Hennessy’s adventure in America and central to what the Maison is today: time, history, and American culture.
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XAVIER VEILHAN, A MODERN PERSPECTIVE

XAVIER VEILHAN

Xavier Veilhan was born in 1963. Currently living and working in Paris, he sees art as, “a tool for vision which must be looked through to understand our past, present, and future”. His 3D artwork, primarily in plastics, is a blend of his interests in the expression of modernity and classical sculpture. He gives his own interpretation to popular visual subjects, often playing with their settings, ranging from the familiar to the extraordinary. He's created exciting installations, notably in the Chateau de Versailles in 2009 and in Louis Vuitton centres in New York (2010) and Tokyo (2011). This year, his much anticipated Architectones project will be launched, along with a book and a documentary to complement the collection.

HENNESSY 250 TOUR COMMISSION - LA FUSÉE

La Fusée is an exciting sculpture with a significant meaning for the artist. The spatial wonder of Apollo 11, for Veilhan, is one of the most impressive and formative recent political and economic events, and enormously influential on how we perceive the space around us. He depicts this in his rocket sculpture, which is recognisable yet visibly modern; it is a slim, angular rocket rather than a model spacecraft. Above all, the artist sees this work as a reference to progress and optimism.​
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LAURENT PERNOT; PAST, PRESENT AND TIMELESSNESS

REVEALING THE INVISIBLE

Born in 1980 in Paris, Laurent Pernot studied at Le Fresnoy national studio of contemporary arts. Currently working in Paris, he has nonetheless been part of numerous international residencies and exhibitions since the early 2000s. He has gained international renown with works considered both experimental and immersive, refusing the limitations of a particular medium. Pernot plays with notions of the visible and the invisible, the immateriality of time and memory. He works by contrast: identity, the origins and limits of life are recurring themes he likes to oppose to ideas of modernity and mass culture. His works speaks of the both the individual and society, and wants to engage with the viewer, with whom he sees the relationship with his work as crucial to its meaning.

HENNESSY 250 TOUR COMMISSION - Beyond Time

Pernot’s Common Heritage Project explores the themes of nature and humankind, past and present, and the passing of cultural heritage and skills from one generation to the next, which resonates with the story of the Hennessy Maison. For this, he chose a screen projection combining numerical images with shadow puppet tradition, modernity with a timeless and universal imagery. On the screen, the sea, the sun, and grapevine roots all merge together to create the landscape of Pernot’s theatre, that evolves and repeats itself. In this decor, two silhouettes of men sharing the secret of a perpetual tradition and evolution. This piece, highly symbolic, represents the harmony between nature and her craftsmen, with motifs evoking the Hennessy heritage throughout time.
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OLGA KISSELEVA; RETRACING THE STORY WITHIN HISTORY

A NEW LOOK ON TRADITION

Born in 1965 in St. Petersburg, Olga Kisseleva studied painting for eight years in the ex-USSR. Now living in Paris and working with Daniel Buren at the Institut des Hautes Etudes in Paris, her main focus is video, photography, and performance. Her extensive use of space makes for radical artworks, both experimental and thought-provoking, questioning conventions, gender, politics and History. However, her academic training deeply influenced her work. In one of her most famous photographic series, she combines 20th century History and academic traditions in subversive still lifes that challenge the viewer’s perception of forms and symbols. Whatever the means, her work as a whole provokes, questions and experiments, in a way that cannot be ignored.

HENNESSY 250 TOUR COMMISSION - Dancing Spirits

Kisseleva's Dancing Spirits project is a series of photographs gathered in a three-minute video which follows the relationship between Russia and Hennessy since 1918. Influenced by the narrative richness of 17th century art, it uses the tradition of still life painting for its suggestive power. The artist draws meaning from the symbol behind every object, as well as their association within the composition. The artwork as a whole therefore carries the narrative of Russia’s relationship with Hennessy through objects that tie them together. The historical and aesthetic symbolism creates complex and diverse meaning, at the heart of which is the long-lasting, multi-faceted partnership and camaraderie between Russia and the Hennessy Maison.

CONSTANCE GUISSET; UNITING MULTICULTURAL HERITAGE

STAGING A WORLD OF LIGHTNESS

Born in 1976, Constance Guisset lives and works in Paris. She turned her back on business studies in favour of crafts and design, graduating from the ENSCI - Les Ateliers school of industrial creation in 2007, and opened her studio in the same year. Object design and stage design, architecture, video: she enjoys exploring different art forms to create elegant and fluid pieces, composed of light animated objects. Often theatrically arranged in careful composition, her work generally aims to create a sense of surprise and escape.

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Guisset’s design for Hennessy is an interactive and adjustable circular stage that works as a centrepiece for the exhibition. Both a platform for live performances and video projection, her work enables the exhibition to become a festival showing locals talents and international artists. Throughout the day, the structure is therefore made to host dancers, performers, speakers that represent, through their individual work and overall gathering, the multicultural identity of Hennessy across the five continents. During intermissions, the stage will be closed by screen panels, turning the platform into a barrel-shaped structure, on which various artists’ films will be projected

CHARLES SANDISON: IMMERSING YOU IN THE ORIGINS OF HENNESSY

THE LABYRINTH OF LANGUAGE

Charles Sandison, born in 1969, is an English-born Scottish visual artist who lives and works in Tampere, Finland. He transports viewers into the fascinating world of the labyrinthine complications of language. His words and symbols dance, float, meet and mingle across darkened gallery walls, indeed across the whole structures of exhibition spaces. Sometimes aggressive, hasty and then slow and peaceful again, it seems as if he makes words acquire a life and logic of their own. In the middle of the kaleidoscopic swarms of words we feel as though we have landed in the mouth of thought itself, in which words become the protagonists of stories about the origin of being.

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For “A Tale of Two Families”, Sandison has created a seemingly endless tunnel which he uses to explore the Hennessy DNA. Inspired by the Maison’s manuscripts, correspondence and archives, it symbolizes a multi-generational story of an ongoing quest. “Infinitas” draws us into an endlessly moving flow of history, immersed and suspended by a play of mirrors between two worlds and the life’s work of two families. As Sandison says, “Only digital offers the possibility to materialize the invisible, closely melding the past and present to place the visitor at the center of living history. This gives us the feeling that we are communicating with the voices of the 18th and 19th century.”

PIERRICK SORIN: PROJECTING INTO THE HERITAGE

THE ARTIST AS HOLOGRAM

Born in Nantes in 1960, Pierrick Sorin is a video artist whose short films and visual installations often mock the process of artistic creation, and even human existence itself. A fervent practitioner of self-filming, he is often the sole actor in the stories he invents. But this artist is also an illusionist: he creates optic theatres, mixing the lo-fi and the home-made with new technologies, which allow him to appear in these spaces as if by magic, in the form of a small hologram situated amongst real objects.

HENNESSY 250 TOUR COMMISSION - Hennessy, an innovative savoir-faire at the heart of a tradition

Sorin’s project for the Hennessy Tour Commission is a video installation inspired by miniature theatre. It is a contemporary work in which physical elements meet 3D film, in which the latest Aliscopic technology comes into contact with the ancient traditions of savoir-faire and craft. On his miniature stage, Sorin projects short scenes, staging videos of himself and heritage objects in a both magical and comic fantasy world. From a Hennessy tasting in outer space to a cabinet of curiosities filled with emblematic objects of the Hennessy handicraft, Sorin represents tradition in a light-hearted and playful way, blurring the notion of tangible and immaterial.

ANTON CORBIJN: REVEALING THE HIDDEN HEROES

PORTRAYING THE REAL

Born in Holland in 1955, and living and working in London, Anton Corbijn is one of today’s most influential photographers, his distinctive style formed by the desire to make a portrait of reality, whatever that reality might be. Amongst his most celebrated subject are Clint Eastwood, Cameron Diaz, Miles Davis, Frank Sinatra, Naomi Cambpell, William S. Burroughs, Tom Waits, Allen Ginsberg, Isabella Rossellini, Joni Mitchell, Bono and Robert De Niro. He one of the first photographers to combine photo and video montage, notably to produce music videos. In this field he has worked with Nirvana, Joy Division, Coldplay, U2, Depeche Mode, The Rolling Stones, The Killers, Bruce Springsteen Nick Cave, Metallica, Marianne Faithfull.

HENNESSY 250 TOUR COMMISSION - Portrait Gallery

Corbijn’s project for the Hennessy exhibition is a series of photographic portraits devoted to the people who make Hennessy what it is. They are the people behind the product, taking in many different Cognac professions: cooper, international agent, calligrapher, winegrower, tasting committee, distiller, feuillardiers, researcher, fork-lift driver, quality controller. Perhaps they are people you wouldn’t expect, but each one has their own personal story. They are the hidden heroes of Hennessy.
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Hennessy and Jean-Michel Othoniel, Baroque Splendors

Beauté du Siècle by Jean-Michel Othoniel

A curiosity cabinet, a treasure chest: this object speaks of the Hennessy tradition in Jean-Michel Othoniel’s Baroque language. This creative interpretation, “Beauté du Siècle,” is a tribute to craftsmanship. More than ten types of artisans worked together to create this one-of-a-kind case. The shimmering sides of the case are the work of master glassmakers. The structure of the case, in cast aluminum, has been decorated with Jean-Michel Othoniel’s signature rings. Two Murano glass beads with an amber sheen, blown in the Salviati workshops, enhance the structure and echo the cognac contained within.

A TRIBUTE BY YAN FILLIOUX

"The discovery continues at the turn of a sculpted bronze key. Once the case is open, a button reveals a tasting service: a Baccarat crystal carafe sealed by a Guerlain baudruchage and set into an aluminum sheath, and four Murano glasses inlaid with gold leaf. “Beauté du Siècle” is also the name of the cognac prepared for the occasion. Thus Yann Fillioux, Hennessy’s master blender, pays tribute to Killian Hennessy, whose collaboration through the years transformed him and imbued him with a deep respect. This one-of-a-kind cognac is a masterful blend of a hundred years’ worth of the best eaux de vie, selected and aged by Hennessy since 1907: a creation worthy of its outstanding case.

Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance's design for Hennessy V.S.O.P

To design the Hennessy V.S.O.P unique line, Noé Duchaufour found his inspiration into the V.S.O.P legend.

Noé Duchaufour

As a french designer and interior architect, Noé Duchaufour is renowned for his perfect mastery of curves and architectural and fluid lines. At first, devoted to sculpture, then he turned to design. He wanted to create objects that were both useful and aesthetically pleasing, moreover deliver a sense of emotion in those who use them. Acclaimed "Man of the year" in 2012 by the famous GQ Magazine, he has definitely crafted his singular signature. His inspiration comes from nature, always in the search for ways to redefine the aesthetic notion of curves and lines.

Hennessy V.S.O.P by Noé Duchaufour

Henessy V.S.O.P and Noé Duchaufour share both values and a common vision, to refine nature's essences and forms. The designer found inspiration into the V.S.O.P legend. Whether in the gentle bend of the wooden oak barrel or in the refine silhouettes of the carafe, curves are at the heart of the cognac's personality. As the designer said, his goal was to draw "a fluid line that moves, underscores and brings together all the elements of the V.S.O.P. Project". It is a new way to celebrate and share an unforgettable moment.

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