Saturday, 15 June 2013

Chihuly glass exhibit at the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Montreal

This Wednesday the text'art group (regrettably, without Pam) visited the new exhibit of Chihuly glass at Montreal's Musée des Beaux-Arts.

Some of the pieces were created especially for this show, like the one below, which features driftwood salvaged from the Pacific Northwest, close to Chihuly's home. It was positioned dramatically at the top of the museum's magnificent beaux-arts style stairway.

An octopus' garden effect was created by using hundreds of beautiful glass pieces of varying size, arranged on a transparent ceiling under which the viewer walked. As we looked up towards the light we could appreciate the transparencies created by glass on glass, and small "putti" hiding amongst the fantastic creations.

Many of the most striking pieces were hung like pendulous chandeliers. They were lit with carefully placed spotlights, rather than being lit from within.

Admittedly some of us enjoyed the show more than others, but we all agreed we would have liked to have seen more. The Museum's website includes a fine preview of the exhibit.


  1. What a great event to meet at.

    I loved the video on how The Sun was assembled - somehow I hadn't thought about the fact that it has to be transported in bits. Amazing job or knowing where every bit goes...


  2. The exhibits at that museum are always wonderfully displayed. Sounds a good trip.