Charity Auction to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Ornellaia
To celebrate their 25th Anniversary, Ornellaia has commissioned Michelangelo Pistoletto, one the most important and influential Italian artists on the world stage, to express his art on an extremely limited and individually numbered series of large format bottles: 100 Double Magnums (3 litres), 10 Imperials (6 litres) and a unique Salmanazar (9 litres). Some of these exquisite bottles will be auctioned by Sotheby’s during a charity event at Royal Opera House in London to present the new vintage.
Pistoletto has worked according to one of the fundamental themes of his work and artistic research: the mirror. The three-dimensional spiral sculpture of the unique Salmanazar that entwines itself around the Double Magnum bottle, and the play of the varying forms of the Imperial bottle labels are all made of a special reflective material that leads back to the artist’s work developed since the early Sixties. On the 3- and 9-litre bottles, the spiral creates a sense of infinity and higher aspiration– a more intimate and spiritual expression of the artist. The 6-litre bottle labels, each unique, represent a different composition of a 10-fragment puzzle with a missing element. For the artist, the mirror, in its infinite realities, reflects both the spectator and the surrounding environment, introducing into the artwork a temporal dimension.