Ruinart: Hiding in the vineyards with the Ruinart cellar master Frédéric Panaïotis
Features 26 February 2019

The invisible man: Liu Bolin captures the Champagne workers at Ruinart

A master of trompe l'oeil, Liu Bolin puts the teams at Ruinart centre stage - and then makes them disappear

Words by Laurel Bibby

Photography by Liu Bolin

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Born in Shandong in 1973, performance artist and photographer Liu Bolin is Champagne Ruinart’s Artist of the Year. These striking images, which can take up to 10 hours to prepare, were created during a residence at Ruinart in August 2017.

Ruinart: Hiding in the gyropalettes with riddler Pablo Lopez by Liu Bolin
Hiding in the gyropalettes with riddler Pablo Lopez, by Liu Bolin

Bolin highlights the expertise of the Champagne workers – from labelling operators, to cellar master – demonstrating their close relationship with nature by camouflaging them, literally blending them into their natural environment.

Ruinart: Deep Underground by Liu Bolin
Deep Underground, by Liu Bolin

‘From the vineyards to the cellars, Ruinart winemakers draw the best from nature without causing harm,’ said the artist, who puts himself into each shot. ‘I wanted to use this series to showcase their work.’

Ruinart: Disgorgement production-line workers Hélèna Keller, Olivier Mousset and Patricia Jacquemard
Disgorgement production-line workers Hélèna Keller, Olivier Mousset and Patricia Jacquemard, by Liu Bolin

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