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.
Welcome to Mainz and Rheinhessen. The Great Wine Capital Mainz | Rheinhessen invites you to discover our city and our region – and to celebrate wine culture with us!
Mainz, member of Great Wine Capitals since 2008isbursting with culture and history, which is artfully blended within this vibrant city. The state capital of Rhineland-Palatinate is renowned for its Carnival and wine celebrations and famed for Johannes Gutenberg who introduced the printing press to Europe. Mainz is also the gateway to Germany’s largest wine-growing region – Rheinhessen with 26,500 hectares of vineyards, confined to the north and east by a great bend in the Rhine River. Its wine makers are known for their innovation. And, of course, for their Riesling wines! The flavour of the Riesling grape is heavily influenced by the soil in which it is grown. It gives the wine a complexity due to its mouth-watering character and minerality.
Our famous Riesling wine, the variety of pinot wines and our “wild card”, the Scheurebe grape, can be tasted in one of many famous wine bars around the city. The numerous taverns, wineries, wine shops, bars and restaurants of Mainz are also known for great food.
During our next International Annual Conference, you’ll be able to follow a program dedicated to wine, wine tourism and business development with several conferences, visits and tastings.
Join our program and you will feel like a local. You will get the chance to meet various winemakers, gastronomers, hoteliers and other professionals and potential partners during conferences, tastings and technical tours.
Save the date and discover how Mainz and Rheinhessen celebrate wine culture!
October 25-30, 2020