Celebrating Innovative Contemporary Art in the City of Dallas
APRIL 4, 2011 - For the first time, Ruinart, the first established champagne House in 1729, is the official presenting partner and champagne of the 2011 Dallas Art Fair. Celebrating contemporary and modern art, the third annual Dallas Art Fair will showcase works by over 70 prominent national and international galleries.
A special Preview Gala, presented by Ruinart, will launch the Dallas Art Fair on Thursday, April 7th, 2011 at f.i.g. (Fashion Industry Gallery) - the fair’s downtown headquarters. The Preview Gala will give art patrons the opportunity to preview the exhibits prior to the public opening of the fair which will run from April 8th through the 10th of April. Throughout the fair, Ruinart Blanc de Blancs (100% Premier Crus Chardonnay) will be available for sale to guests wishing to sip fine champagne while browsing the exhibit or après fair at select restaurants and lounges.
Ruinart’s participation highlights the House’s long time commitment to the arts and long-standing relations with the art world since 1895, when André Ruinart approached the greatest illustrator of the time, the Czech artist Mucha – the greatest illustrator of the time. In turn, artists were inspired by many facets of this pioneering Champagne, from the unique bottle shape to the history of its creator Dom Ruinart. Today, Ruinart is committed to contemporary art, craftsmanship and has a special sensibility towards “the art the vivre à la française”. The House of Ruinart is also associated with a number of major international art events such as ARCO, Carré Rive Gauche, London Design, Art Basel and Art Basel Miami Beach.
About Dallas Art Fair Located at the Fashion Industry Gallery – adjacent to the Dallas Museum of Art in the revitalized downtown Arts District – the 2011 Dallas Art Fair will feature over 70 prominent national and international art dealers and galleries exhibiting paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, and photographs by modern and contemporary artists. The exhibition space comprises approximately 25,000 square feet within a mid-century modern building in the heart of downtown Dallas. It includes an adjacent promenade next to a private park located across from the Dallas Museum of Art and the Nasher Sculpture Center.
About Ruinart In 1729, when Nicolas Ruinart laid the foundations of the very first champagne house, he was in fact realizing the ambition of his uncle, Dom Thierry Ruinart. A Benedictine monk, Dom Ruinart intuitively foresaw the fame and success champagne would enjoy by gauging the popularity of this new sparkling wine amongst his contemporaries in the court of Versailles. The House of Ruinart was the first to use Gallo Roman chalk cellars to age its wines, and opened the American market as early as 1831. Since then, Ruinart has continued to develop its reputation as the sophisticated boutique champagne for discerning wine lovers.