A vine show: 'How Wine Became Modern' at SFMoMA

Bonnie Tsui drinks in the exhibition exploring modern wine culture
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Santiago Calatrava, Bodegas Ysios (2001), Álava, Spain

1 / 14 Santiago Calatrava, Bodegas Ysios (2001), Álava, Spain

Etienne Meneau, Carafe No. 5 (2008)

2 / 14 Etienne Meneau, Carafe No. 5 (2008)

Frank O. Gehry, Hotel Marqués de Riscal (2006), Elciego, Spain

3 / 14 Frank O. Gehry, Hotel Marqués de Riscal (2006), Elciego, Spain

Frank O. Gehry, Hotel Marqués de Riscal (2006), Elciego, Spain

4 / 14 Frank O. Gehry, Hotel Marqués de Riscal (2006), Elciego, Spain

Zahia Hadid, R. López de Heredia Viña Tondonia (2006), Haro, Spain

5 / 14 Zahia Hadid, R. López de Heredia Viña Tondonia (2006), Haro, Spain

Zahia Hadid, R. López de Heredia Viña Tondonia (2006), Haro, Spain

6 / 14 Zahia Hadid, R. López de Heredia Viña Tondonia (2006), Haro, Spain

Wine Label Gallery

7 / 14 Wine Label Gallery

Judgement of Paris

8 / 14 Judgement of Paris

Smell Wall

9 / 14 Smell Wall

Kami no Shizuku, Drops of God / Les Gouttes du Dieu (2004-ongoing)

10 / 14 Kami no Shizuku, Drops of God / Les Gouttes du Dieu (2004-ongoing)

Peter Wegner, In [   ] Veritas (2010)

11 / 14 Peter Wegner, In [ ] Veritas (2010)

Dennis Adams, SPILL (2009)

12 / 14 Dennis Adams, SPILL (2009)

Dennis Adams, SPILL (2009)

13 / 14 Dennis Adams, SPILL (2009)

Dennis Adams, SPILL (2009)

14 / 14 Dennis Adams, SPILL (2009)


The smart and irreverent exhibition: How Wine Became Modern at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art explores the modern wine culture and cleverly tackles the associated high concepts alongside the gorgeous artifacts of wine.  

Exhibits are presented in an innovative fashion; the rise of the winery as art piece is charted from the building of Napa Valley’s Clos Pegase, designed by Michael Graves (the museum itself had a hand in beginning this trend - the project originated in 1984 when SFMOMA sponsored a competition for the design of a winery). There are swan-necked lead crystal decanters by Riedel and branched carafes by Etienne Meneau that recall the heart; the show taps into the fun side of wine too with an interactive smell wall near the end of the exhibition.


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