Published: June 10, 2008
The de Young Museum is hosting Dale Chihuly’s first major exhibition in San Francisco, June 14⁓eptember 28. “Chihuly at the de Young” includes 11 galleries of new and archival works representing the breadth and scope of the artist’s creative vision over the last four decades. The de Young Museum is the only venue for this exhibition.
A pioneer of the studio glass movement, Chihuly has transformed the form and function of glass, making the Pacific Northwest a vital region in the contemporary art scene. Chihuly has also contributed to the evolution of public art, creating memorable installations for both architectural and natural settings.
In April, prior to the opening at the de Young, Chihuly created installations that take advantage of the spectacular settings and architecture of both the de Young and Legion of Honor Museums. These ambitious installations offer a preview of “Chihuly at the de Young” and remain on view throughout the duration of the exhibition.
“Saffron Tower,” a 30-foot yellow neon sculpture, was installed in the Pool of Enchantment on the de Young’s east side. “Sun,” a 15-foot radiant yellow orb, was installed at the Legion of Honor in the exterior Court of Honor. “Chandelier and Tower,” two installations, ceiling-mounted “Aquamarine Three-Tiered Chandelier” and floor-mounted “Sea Blue and Green Tower,” were installed in the Rodin sculpture galleries at the Legion of Honor.
“Chihuly at the de Young” takes a comprehensive view of the artist’s dramatic, colorful and textured works that generate instant international recognition. This exhibition represents all the creative periods of the artist’s career, from drawings to single vessels to architectural installations. Included in the exhibition is “Glass Forest #3,” which recreates one of Chihuly’s earliest installations and comprises white milk glass and neon.
“Five Chandeliers” will dramatically transform an entire gallery. Their titles suggest a feast of color and form.
A 56-foot-long “Mille Fiori” garden of glass composed of bold forms in vibrant colors provides a powerful conclusion to the exhibition.
The de Young Museum is in Golden Gate Park at 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive. For information, 415-750-3600 or www.deyoungmuseum.org .
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