Persian Chandelier -
First exhibited in 1986 as part of his exhibition at the Musée des Arts Decoratifs, Palais du Louvre in Paris, Chihuly’s Persian series is a celebration of form, scale and color. Originally presented on pedestals, the series’ dramatic compositions have evolved to include installations mounted on walls, overhead on ceilings, and assembled in the form of chandeliers and towers. For Chihuly, Persians evoke an ancient sensibility and conjure notions of Venice, and the Near and Far East.
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“Over the centuries glass blowers have been able to create an array of forms,” says Dale Chihuly in a behind-the-scenes video of him working in his studio. “I’ve been lucky enough to come along at the right time, at the right place and be able to expand many of the forms we’ve made in this 2,000 year history.”
Since he began experimenting with glassblowing in 1965, Chihuly was fascinated with the organic aspects of glass. The liquidity, and honey-like quality of the material — the way it flows with the outside world. One can now experience the delicate phenomena in person at Cheekwood.
Following it’s unprecedented success a decade ago, Chihuly at Cheekwood returns to the estate and gardens with 15 major installations, along with 45 works presented throughout the art galleries.
Coinciding with the reopening of the acclaimed Carrell Woodland Sculpture Trail and Cheekwood’s 60th anniversary as a public institution, the exhibit can be viewed during the daytime as well as during special Chihuly Nights on Thursday through Sunday.
Chihuly’s gravity-defying sculptures stand tall amongst Cheekwood’s trees, float atop its ponds and suspend delicately from gallery ceilings. In these trying times where many feel they’re reliving the same day over and over while quarantining, the vibrancy and movement of which Chihuly’s works mesh with their surroundings is a much needed visionary feast.
Chihuly at Cheekwood is open to the public from July 18, 2020 to January 10, 2021.
To help maintain social distancing, two separate tickets will be sold during Chihuly at Cheekwood to minimize the amount of people that are in the Historic Mansion & Museum at one time. All tickets must be purchased in advance.
- The “Gardens Only” ticket will include access to Chihuly in the gardens and the Frist Learning Center.
- The “Gardens & Mansion with Indoor Chihuly” ticket will give access to the Historic Mansion & Museum including the Chihuly artworks in the galleries and the Chihuly Exhibition Gift Shop.