Sunday, June 16, 2013

Chihuly exhibition at Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

This Wednesday my text'art group (regrettably without Pam) visited the new exhibit of Chihuly glass at Montreal's Musée des Beaux-Arts.
Some of the pieces were created especially for this show, like the one below, which features driftwood salvaged from the Pacific Northwest, close to Chihuly's home. It was positioned dramatically at the top of the museum's magnificent beaux-arts style stairway.
An octopus' garden effect was created by using hundreds of beautiful glass pieces of varying size, arranged on a transparent ceiling under which the viewer walked. As we looked up into the light, we could appreciate the transparencies created by glass on glass, and small "putti" hiding amongst the fantastic creations.
Many of the most striking pieces were hung like pendulous chandeliers. They were lit with carefully placed spotlights, rather than being lit from within.
Admittedly some of us enjoyed the show more than others, but we all agreed we would have liked to have seen more. The Museum's website includes a fine preview of the exhibit and a time-lapse video of the The Sun's assembly on the museum's steps.

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