Organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and accompanied by a catalogue written by curator Timothy Anglin Burgard, Chihuly at the de Young takes a broad view of the dramatic, colorful, and textured works that generate instant international recognition.
In the tradition of the medieval workshop or the studios of Louis Comfort Tiffany, Chihuly uses his workshop as a fulcrum for his creations. His counterculture roots manifest themselves in a school that’s more akin to a commune than an institution of higher learning. Other pivotal points of artistic inspiration are Chihuly’s personal collections. The exhibition will include drawings and installations from his Macchia, Venetian, Persian, Ikebana, Nijima Float, Chandelier, and Mille Fiori series. A large Persian Chandelier will hang in the museum's Wilsey Court.
The full exhibition is at the de Young Museum from June 14–September 28, 2008, but two site-specific works will be installed outside of both the de Young and the Legion of Honor starting in April. At the de Young, a Saffron Neon Tower will be installed in the Pool of Enchantment on the building’s east side. A 15-foot diameter yellow orb called Yellow Sun will be installed at the Legion of Honor in the Court of Honor.
This Exhibition is organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco in cooperation with Dale Chihuly, and made possible by the Koret Foundation.
Photo:Dale Chihuly, Mille Fiori, hand-blown glass