Incredible glass sculptor Dale Chihuly has a new exhibition on now at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. Through The Looking Glass includes installations such as Lime Green Icicle Tower, installed in the Shapiro Courtyard; a Persian Wall; a Chandelier room with six examples, including the Chiostro di Sant’Apollonia Chandelier; and a room containing a magnificent Mille Fiori installation that is nearly sixty feet long.
Over the course of his career, Dale Chihuly has revolutionized the art of blown glass, moving it into the realm of large-scale sculpture and establishing the use of glass—inherently a fragile but also magical material—as a vehicle for installation and environmental art. This exhibition of new and archival works represents the breadth and scope of the artist’s creative vision over the last four decades.
Although his work ranges from the single vessel to indoor and outdoor site-specific installations, Chihuly is best known for his multi-part blown compositions. Based in Seattle, Washington, Chihuly works with a team of glassblowers, a process that allows him to work on a grand scale and to explore and experiment with color, design, and assemblage. The exhibition provides an opportunity to see and explore the full range of his artistic achievements by immersing visitors in the beautiful and enchanting environments created through his extraordinary vision.
Through The Looking Glass runs through August 7, 2011. To see more of Dale Chihuly’s work, visit Chihuly.com.