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Mouton chooses Anish Kapoor for 2009 label

The artist for the label of Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2009 is British sculptor Anish Kapoor, the chateau has announced.

Anish Kapoor, who was born in Mumbai, India, and is now a British citizen, is one of the world’s leading sculptors and artists.

He won the Turner Prize in 1991, was made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 2003, Commander of the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2003 and won the Japanese leading arts prize, the Praemium Imperiale, in 2011. Among his recent commissions is a sculpture for the London Olympic Games next summer.

Mouton’s owner Baroness Philippine de Rothschild told Decanter.com Kapoor is a friend, and commissioning him is a continuation of her desire to ensure the world’s leading artists produce labels for Mouton.

‘Anish is both a good friend and enormously talented, as well as being recognised the world over for his talent, and the choice seems absolutely relevant to us at Mouton.

‘He has produced a label that is a burst of colour and life. I see the red as representing wine, joy and happiness, which fits perfectly with the 2009 vintage. We are lucky to have a great painter with a great vintage.’

Mouton has commissioned a different artist to produce its label every year since 1945, including Picasso, Chagall, Joan Miro, Andy Warhol, Jean Cocteau, Salvador Dali, Francis Bacon and Prince Charles.

Written by Jane Anson in Bordeaux

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