The first time I had laid eyes on Dale Chihuly’s art was in Vegas when we had wandered through Bellagio. I remember the vivid colours of “Fiori de Como” and the way the pieces overlapped and played with the surrounding light. Over 2000 glass flowers were used in the glass garden. The work is unforgettable.
Dale Chihuly’s glass art is recognizable and can be found all around world in over 200 museum collections as well as private collections. Now, a new major exhibition of his work is on display at the Royal Ontario Museum until January 2, 2017. The exhibit consists of 11 art installations (and some that have been created site-specific) including one of the most loved series Persian Ceiling in a room that invites visitors to relax and immerse themselves in a colourful dream world.
“I want people to be overwhelmed with light and colour in a way they’ve never experienced before.” ~ Dale Chihuly.
The exhibition at the ROM is an absolute must see. The truly breathtaking glass installations will speak for themselves. You’ll have to see them with your own eyes.
Aside from the exhibition, the ROM has several Chihuly events planned that are worth a visit:
ADULT SLEEPOVER: COLOUR ON FIRE: September 23, 2016. If you’ve ever wanted to experience a sleepover at the ROM, this is a rare opportunity. This adults only, art-focus after-dark experience has limited space so it offers access like no other. Bring your jammies and your sleeping bag for what will sure to be an unforgettable night at the museum.
CHIHULY: ART IN CONTEXT: June 30, 2016. From art galleries to museums, casinos to gardens, join exhibition curator Diane Charbonneau as she explores the many installations of Dale Chihuly’s works around the world.
MASTER OF DREAMS: THE JEWELLERS OF THE AMERICAS: October 21, 2106. Watch the critically acclaimed four part series Master of Dreams, about the jewellers of the Americas and the culture of colour and light that inspires them. Jewellery houses featured in the film include Stephen Webster and Verdura.
ROMSPEAKS SERIES: Chihuly: Art in Context: November 8, 2016. International glass artists and curators explore the life, work and global impact of Dale Chihuly. Tina Oldknow with Montreal Museum of Fine Arts’ curator Diane Charbonneau, the ROM’s Chihuly guest curator.
ROM NYE: CHIHULY FINALE: December 31, 2016. Ring in the New Year under a spectacular Persian Ceiling inspired balloon drop in the ROM’s Currelly Gallery. Food, drink and dance.
ROM FAMILY FUNDAY: September 18, 2016. Great for kids and families. Hands-on activities inspired by Chihuly’s use of colour, light, and form.
For more information, visit www.rom.on.ca
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