Not only is the MFA full of all of the beautiful art that you remember as a kid, but the new Art of the Americas wing is spectacular. I have been fortunate enough to spend a lot of time at the MFA. I have taken drawing classes as a child, visited many of my favorites over and over, and seen countless world renowned exhibits.
Despite so much exposure to these amazing works of art, nothing has blown me away quite like the glass work of Chihuly. If you are unfamiliar with his work, below is a basic bio by the MFA.
Over the course of his career, Dale Chihuly has revolutionized the art of blown glass, moving it into the realm of large-scale sculpture and establishing the use of glass—inherently a fragile but also magical material—as a vehicle for installation and environmental art.
By 1965, Dale Chihuly was already captivated by the process of glassblowing. Influenced by an environment that fostered the blurring of boundaries separating the various arts, as early as 1967 Chihuly was using neon, argon, and blown glass forms to create room-sized installations of his glass. Although his work ranges from the single vessel to indoor and outdoor site-specific installations, he is best known for his multipart blown compositions. Based in Seattle, Washington, Chihuly works with a team of glassblowers, a process that allows him to work on a grand scale and to explore and experiment with color, design, and assemblage. "Chihuly: Through the Looking Glass" provides an opportunity to see and explore the full range of his artistic achievements by immersing visitors in the beautiful and enchanting environments created through his extraordinary vision. source
'Through the Looking Glass' is truly a world of wonder. You walk from room to room being mesmerized by larger than life glass installations full of color and dimension. Every time you catch a glimpse of the next piece of art it is bigger and better than the one before. It is hard to believe that these masterpieces were created by one man.
The Chihuly exhibit will be at the MFA through August 7th. This is a must see exhibit that will not disappoint.
Here are a few photos that Josh took during our visit. While these photos are fantastic, they do not even begin to do justice to the amazing installation that Chihuly created and that the MFA put together.