In celebration of the 150th anniversary of Hennessy X.O, Moët Hennessy has unveiled a limited-edition decanter designed by world-renowned architect extraordinaire, Frank Gehry. The 91-year-old artisan extraordinaire, famous for his iconic boundless designs (The Guggenheim museum in Bilbao, Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and The Foundation Louis Vuitton, just to name a few), has lent his signature sculptural style to reinterpret the Hennessy X.O’s timeless bottle, marrying gold and glass to extol Hennessy’s rich and amaranthine legacy. The end result ushers in a fitting new era for the Extra Old Cognac with a striking design that encapsulates Gehry’s trademark unconventional aesthetic with Hennessy’s daring sensibilities.
Hennessy has released exclusive, limited run of 150 extraordinary numbered decanters, imprinted with Frank Gehry’s signature globally. A wider release of limited-edition Hennessy X.O bottles also created by Frank Gehry will launch in markets worldwide, including Malaysia, to further embellish this exceptional collaboration.
Meanwhile, as part of the celebrations, Hennessy has also collaborated with Cai Guo-Qiang, one of the most admired artists on the contemporary art scene, particularly renowned for his largescale artistic installations and his use of fireworks as an artistic medium to stage spectacular public events of intense emotional resonance, as he did for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
To commemorate Hennessy X.O’s 150th anniversary celebration, Hennessy also commissioned Cai Guo-Qiang to create a “Daytime Fireworks Live Event” which was held on the Charente on Friday, September 25th. At the event, Cai Guo-Qiang composed a spectacular 15-minute fireworks event in three acts. Like a theatrical performance, this artistic odyssey exploded with drama, poetry, colour and emotion, with multicoloured fireworks launched from 150 oak barrels floating on the Charente River that echo Hennessy X.O’s 150th anniversary. This project represented the first time Cai Guo-Qiang has conceived a daytime fireworks event launched from an aquatic environment, to be broadcasted to a global, real-time audience. The Cai Guo-Qiang’s daytime fireworks event was staged using exclusively non-toxic, reduced-smoke and CE certified pyrotechnic products.