The Hennessy VHILS Limited Edition VS Cognac is the eight edition in this unique collaboration of the Cognac giant with some of the 21st century’s brightest artists. VIHLS, from Portugal, uses the technique known as ‘creative destruction’ in his work. Both he and Hennessy have worked together to create a limited edition bottle with what they say has, ‘a social conscience’. To this end, the design showcases faces of various musicians, artists, and activists who’re actively working to promote creativity within their communities.

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VIHLS has used various elements in his design, with the use of acid, bleach and, ink, as well as different mediums. These include steel, stone, and wood. This talented young man literally exploded onto the scene in 2008, when he exhibited at the London, Cans Festival. His real name is Alexandre Farto, and he works with hammers, chisels, drills, and even explosives. When you think ‘contemporary’, then VIHLS really is the epitome of the word.

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The finished effect is rather striking, with black and yellow tones of many partially obscured faces, that also references the colors and tones of a well-matured Cognac. In addition, if you look closely, you’ll find the Hennessy coat of arms, as well as bunches of grapes and vines also making an appearance.

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So, who is VIHLS? Well, for those who know their artists, then his is likely to be a familiar name. He recently launched two exhibitions in Paris, France, entitled Decombres, and Urban Fragments. He’s well known for working in many different mediums, such as concrete, plaster, and oxidized metals.

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As with all of these artist-collaborated limited editions, the Cognac within the bottle is the regular Hennessy VS. Of course, this is not a product that collectors will buy to drink. Rather, it will be one to add to the already distinguished line up of such bottles. For example, the offerings by JonOne, Ryan McGinness, and Futura.

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No doubt this bottle will, as have its predecessors, be snapped up quickly by those who want to ensure they own the latest in these collector editions.

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Discover more about the Hennessy VIHLS Limited Edition VS Cognac, and buy now in our online shop. In addition, if your’re lucky enough to be in Cognac this summer, this limited edition will be on display at the boutique exhibtion, Hennessy Visits. This is located at 8, Rue de la Richonne, 16100, Cognac. The exhibition runs from 21 June 2018 to 31 October 2018 (closed Sunday, 26 August) It’s free to visit, and open every day from 09:45 to 19:00.

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Jacki has been with Cognac Expert from virtually the beginning. She's the senior editor of the blog, and has spent much of her life living in rural France. Today she's based back in the UK, where she splits her working life between writing for Cognac Expert and working as a Paramedic at a large regional hospital.

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