Dale Chihuly

Chihuly at the de Young, 2008

Chihuly at the de Young is Dale Chihuly?s first major exhibition in San Francisco, and includes eleven galleries of new and archival works representing the breadth and scope of the artist?s creative vision over the last four decades. The de Young Museum is the only venue for this exhibition.

About the Exhibition

Chihuly at the de Young takes a comprehensive view of the artist?s dramatic, colorful, and textured works that generate instant international recognition. This exhibition represents all the creative periods of the artist?s career, from drawings to single vessels to architectural installations. Included in the exhibition:

  • Glass Forest #3 recreates one of Chihuly?s earliest installations. Comprised of white milk-glass and neon, the first version of this work was exhibited in New York at the Museum of Contemporary Crafts (now the Museum of Arts & Design), and has not been viewed in the U.S. since 1972.

  • Ikebanas, Venetians and related drawings

  • Persian Wall

  • Tabac Baskets Objects from Chihuly?s personal collections are displayed alongside the Tabac Baskets in a setting inspired by the Indian Room at the Boathouse in Seattle Washington.

  • Macchia Forest

  • Neodymium Reeds

  • Boats Two boats included in the exhibition are featured on the same reflective platform.The Float Boat consists of seventy-seven floats with additional floats spilling over onto the surface outside the Boat. The Ikebana Boat explores an innovative approach to Boat composition incorporating over one hundred and forty Ikebana stems and elements.

  • Five Chandeliers dramatically transform an entire gallery. Their titles suggest a feast of color and form, characteristic of one of Chihuly?s most celebrated series: Ruby Red, Turquoise Icicle, Orange Hornet and Eelgrass, Chiostro di Sant? Apollonia, and Palazzo de Loredana Balboni.

  • The Black Room

  • Persian Ceiling

    Site Specific Installations

    Prior to the opening of the exhibition, Chihuly created several installations that take advantage of the spectacular settings and architecture of both the de Young and Legion of Honor Museums. These ambitious installations debuted in April and offer museum visitors a preview of Chihuly at the de Young. They will remain on view throughout the duration of the exhibition. Works include:

  • Sun, a 14-foot radiant yellow orb, installed at the Legion of Honor in the exterior Court of Honor.

  • Saffron Tower, a 30-foot yellow neon sculpture in the Pool of Enchantment on the de Young?s east side.

  • Aquamarine Three-Tiered Chandelier and Sea Green Tower installed in the Rodin sculpture galleries at the Legion of Honor.

  • Artist main page
  • About the exhibition
  • Exhibition views
  • A World of Glass, Contra Costa Times/ Oakland Tribune 2008

Persian Ceiling

Aquamarine Three-Tiered Chandelier, 2008

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