This summer, seven leading wineries in Tuscany have come together to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the Chianti Classico region to offer a unique experience juxtaposing contemporary artists with classic settings. Organiser Luziah Hennessy and her friends at leading international galleries including Galeria Nara Roesler, Sao Paolo and Gallery Sprovieri in London have envisaged ART of the Treasure Hunt, aiming to provide a contemporary edge to the discovery of fine wines from the famous region.
Works by established contemporary artists Heinz Mack, Zaha Hadid, Anselm Kiefer, Robert Wilson, as well as Isaac Julien, Pedro Cabrita Reis, Mark Handforth and many more are on show during the course of the event. The event pairs leading contemporary artists with passionate winemakers, artists in their own rights, all awarded wine ratings of between 90-98 points out of 100 by the influential wine critics Wine Spectator, Robert Parker and James Suckling.
British artist Isaac Julien will be showing three light boxes from his West Union series at Colle Bereto vineyard alongside Moscow artist Alexandre Suhareva represented by APallazzo Gallery. The works installed by Isaac Julien conform to the event’s artistic theme of illumination and relate to the surroundings.
The collection has been carefully curated by Kasia Redzisz of Tate Liverpool not only to view each artwork in a different light, but also to highlight the powerful combination and drama between the beautiful settings and the artworks. In addition, ART of the Treasure Hunt will support the Watermill Foundation and raise funds at a charity auction at Felsina winery to benefit a number of worthwhile projects and causes.
ART of the Treasure Hunt runs until 30th October 2016 across the wineries of Castello di Ama; Castello di Brioli; Felsina; Gagliole; Borgo San Felice and Castello di Volpaia.
See www.artthunt.com for more information.