April 2015, New York – Danh Vo and Tequila Casa Dragones are pleased to present Danh Vo Special Edition Punta Della Dogana 2015, a limited edition bottled collection in honor of Vo’s Slip of the Tongue, with Palazzo Grassi – Punta della Dogana – Pinault Collection where Vo has been invited to collaborate as both artist and curator. This sensational exhibition marks the first time an artist has been selected to curate for Punta della Dogana in Venice.
Exhibition title, Slip of the Tongue, is borrowed from artist Nairy Baghramian, who has been in active conversation with Vo. Amongst 39 other artists, three of Baghramian’s installations will be presented within Vo’s curation.
Vo’s ever present muse, Casa Dragones has transformed their signature bottle of Joven into a limited collection of 150 Danh Vo Special Edition Punta Della Dogana 2015 bottles especially for the debut of Slip of the Tongue.
Currently residing in Mexico, Vo has been inspired by the tradition and spirit of Casa Dragones and with their shared passion for Mexican culture and the arts, saw it particularly fitting to approach the small batch producer and request their Special Edition bottle of Joven for this groundbreaking collection.
Vo’s father, Phung Vo, has lent his elegant calligraphy to this collection by hand inscribing unique labels for each bottle with the phrase Slip of the Tongue, uniting each untitled piece under the umbrella of Vo’s curated collection, in collaboration with curator, Caroline Bourgeois.
Prior to Vo’s artistic manipulation, each bottle of Casa Dragones is individually crafted by hand in Mexico City, using pure, lead-free crystal. Skilled artisans place the red-hot crystal in molds, one by one, until the shape takes hold. The crystal is then sculpted, bathed and polished by hand until it develops a lustrous shine, and finished with a traditional Mexican technique of glass engraving called Pepita, to carve out a small “seed-like” shape in the glass.
“We are thrilled that Danh Vo asked Casa Dragones to collaborate on a special edition for his curatorial debut, Slip of the Tongue. Every artist that Danh has
selected for his curatorial debut is a part of an ongoing conversation and it’s an honor that Casa Dragones is threaded throughout,” – Bertha González Nieves, Co- Founder & CEO, Casa Dragones
Tequila Casa Dragones was served at the private dinner hosted by Francois Pinault at Hotel Bauer on April 11th following the exhibition. The special edition of 150 bottles is available for purchase at the Punta della Dogana museum for $330 each or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Slip of the Tongue, curated by Danh Vo, in collaboration with Caroline Bourgeois will be on display April 12 – December 31, 2015.
Following this curatorial debut at Punta della Dogana, Vo will exhibit a second installment of the same inspiration at the Venice Bienalle’s 2015 Danish Pavilion opening May 9, where an edition of 666 bottles will be incorporated and sold for $330, each. For more information reach out to Black Frame:
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Introduced in 2009, Tequila Casa Dragones Joven is a small-batch, crafted Blue Agave Joven Tequila, a rare blend of silver tequila with extra aged tequila rested in new American oak barrels for five years, for a complex, smooth taste that is perfect for sipping and pairing with food. Each bottle is handcrafted from pure, lead-free crystal and individually engraved, signed, numbered, and dated by hand.
Danh Vo studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Denmark and the Städelschule, Frankfurt. He was the winner of the Hugo Boss Prize, New York (2012), the BlauOrange Kunstpreis der Deutschen Volksbanken und Raiffeisenbanken, Berlin, Germany (2007) and was a nominee for the Nationalgalerie Prize for Young Art, Berlin, Germany (2009). He participated in the Venice Biennale (2013) and has exhibited his work in such institutions as the Musée d’art moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris (2013), the Art Institute of Chicago (2012), the Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria (2012), the National Gallery of Denmark (2010), Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland (2009), and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2008).