In 2012 we decided to start producing a limited number of magnums (bottles containing 1.5 litres of beer). Each year, our Abt 12 is bottled in a special dark brown St.Bernardus magnum, featuring the brewery’s logo in relief, a ‘Bière Belge’ neck, a personalised cork and a unique muselet, and we ask a different artist to design the label. Artists whose work has graced past labels include Rik Vermeersch, Christian Silvain, Kamagurka and André Van Schuylenbergh.
For the magnum edition of 2021, for the first time in the series, a photo features as the center piece on the label.
The universe of narrative photographer Bart Ramakers is an artistic rendition of traditional themes taken from the classical arts, theatre, myths and literature. His multi-layered oeuvre bears witness to his training as a draughtsman and historian. In addition to surrealism, he also derives his inspiration from Caravaggio, whose Baroque chiaroscuro signature is clearly recognisable in the scene that Ramakers created for Panamarenko’s photograph Around The World in 80 Years, which would unintentionally become his last. At the end of 2019, a host of Flemish celebrities gathered at Panamarenko’s home to promote his ‘Jules Verne’ exhibition through a number of images inspired by the work of this famous author. Ironically, two days later Panamarenko would depart for his last and longest journey ever. Besides Panamarenko and his wife Eveline Hoorens, you will also recognise Rob Vanoudenhoven, Mark Uytterhoeven, Guy Mortier, Stijn Meuris and Bart Persoons.