Hiding in the vineyards with the Ruinart Cellar Master, Liu Bolin for Ruinart, 2017 ©︎ Liu Bolin
The secret crayère, Liu Bolin for Ruinart, 2017 ©︎ Liu Bolin
Hiding in the Blanc de Blancs crayère, Liu Bolin for Ruinart, 2017 ©︎ Liu Bolin
Liu Bolin (b. 1973, Shandong, China) is known in contemporary Chinese art circles as an 'invisible man' who body-paints himself into his urban surroundings. For his latest work, done in collaboration with the world's oldest maison de champagne, Ruinart, Liu camouflaged not only himself but also the local staff working at Ruinart's World Heritage chalk champagne cellars and vineyards, literally embodying the complex and unseen processes behind the famous brand's history and savoir-faire, and hinting at both the grandeur of nature and the invisible demarcations between self and others.