Chihuly at the Musee des Beaux-Arts Montreal

Blown glass fan or not, visiting American glass sculptor Dale Chihuly’s large-scale nature-inspired installation at Montreal’s Museum of Fine Arts – or Musee des Beaux-Arts – is a visual sensory experience.

Turquoise Reeds

Turquoise Reeds spring from trunks of old growth western cedar.

71 years old, blinded in one eye from a head-on car accident and having suffered a shoulder injury, Chihuly now serves as what he calls choreographer and visionary of his art, and employs others to do the actual muscle work of making his glass creations. Other than the color and beauty, I was struck by the size of the glass pieces. They are really big. To transport, it must take a lot of packing (miles of bubble wrap?) to keep his art safe from breaking.

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Persian Ceiling

The extent of my experience with blown glass is collecting the small figurines in Venice, and I was blown – pardon the play on words – away by the effect this exhibit, called “Utterly Breathtaking”, had on all those present, this writer included. Visitors can sit leisurely on cushions placed on the floors in the corners of the Chandelier room and take it in.

Chandeliers and Towers.

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Gardens – Mille Fiori.

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Glass Neon Forest.

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Boats. (I read he purposely dumped pieces of his glass art in the water to be retrieved onto a boat and liked the effect).

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Macchia Forest. (Macchia means “marks or spots” in Italian and he worked with spots of color in these pieces illuminated by light shining down into the bowls).

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If you are in Montreal, take advantage of the half-off tickets ($10 Canadian) on Wednesdays from 5 – 9 pm. “Utterly Breathtaking” runs until 20 October, 2013.

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5 responses to “Chihuly at the Musee des Beaux-Arts Montreal

  1. It looks utterly breathtaking! Thanks for sharing these images, wish I was in Montreal, I would be sure to see it!

    • thanks Sunday. I hope you check back in because Ive tried multiple times to comment on your latest blog entry but my identity is continuing to be rejected by blogger 😦 – don’t know another way to let you know!

  2. Wow, I would love to see this. I didn’t know about his blindness and car accident. What beautiful colors and shapes!

  3. Ooh, this is one of my favorite topics–glass art! I must try to get to Montreal to see this exhibition. I was at the Chihuly Museum in St. Pete this past winter but they didn’t have Turquoise Reeds. The piece looks spectacular!

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