Liu Wei: Infinite imagination from everyday life
Artist Liu Wei discusses the inspiration behind his exclusive “SPRING” commission for Maison Hennessy
Those with an artist’s soul find inspiration in the world around them. With a unique point of view, inspiration flows from the everyday. For artist Liu Wei, reality is the well from which he draws his best ideas. “I’m always looking at the world with new eyes, asking what art is exactly at a given point in space and time. It all depends on one’s approach to reality and how you read things,” Mr. Liu told Maison Hennessy. “Rather than just giving my own art a meaning, which I find too frontal, I prefer emotions.“
LIU WEI'S ATELIER
SKETCHING THE MASTERPIECE
CREATING THE MASTERPIECE
Visiting Cognac to find inspiration for this collaboration with the Maison, Mr. Liu was struck by the similarities between his artistry and that of Hennessy. “There are parallels with the Hennessy art of blending: everything mixes together, everything is filled with possibility and there is space for infinite imagination.” Fascinated by our long history and the technique of assemblage, Wei found parallels in his process with the time and patience is takes to make a barrel, to blend a cognac. To perfect a craft.
Whether in the surrounding vineyards, the distilleries, or the Founder’s Cellar, the rhythm of life at Hennessy is always guided by the present. And by a unique heritage of questioning, exploring, and perfecting. As Mr. Liu points out, “In a world where so many work like machines, Hennessy focuses on the perfection of the hand. We both bring the world’s beauty to life through art: what we create is a contemporary expression of emotion.” It is no wonder the Maison was as inspired by Liu Wei as he was by his time there.
LIU WEI IN COGNAC
DRAWING INSPIRATION FROM THE VINEYARDS
VISITING THE CELLARS
Spring’s arrival is filled with spontaneous joy and new possibilities. The year of the Ox is a time to celebrate self-esteem, free will and the openness to new possibilities, to write a brighter future. Echoing the depth of tastes of Hennessy’s cognacs, the organic curves painted by world renown artist Chinese artist Liu Wei are an invitation to let yourself discover the highlights of a rich color palette evoking spring’s cheerfulness.
Hennessy V.S.O.P Privilège is a balanced cognac, expressing 200 years of Hennessy's know-how. The fruit of nature’s uncertainties, this unique blend has tamed the elements to craft and embody the original concept of cognac. The emotion awakened by the pleasure of tasting it continually reveals new facets of its personality.
The savoir-faire of the Maison Hennessy is fully expressed in this balanced cognac: the selection of eaux-de-vie, aging and assemblage. A cognac of remarkable consistency and vitality, Hennessy V.S.O.P Privilège conveys all of the savoir-faire of the Hennessy master blenders who have ensured the continued success of this harmonious assemblage for 200 years.
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