About Chihuly at Biltmore
May 17–October 7, 2018
Chihuly at Biltmore represents the first art exhibition in Biltmore’s historic gardens, and the first garden exhibition of Chihuly’s works in North Carolina.
Playing with Fire
Watch "Playing with Fire" to learn more about Chihuly's process.
Video courtesy of Chihuly Studio.
“Stunning... Breathtaking... Amazing... Spectacular... Enchanting.”
These are the words most frequently used to describe the works of world-renowned American artist Dale Chihuly, recognized for revolutionizing the Studio Glass movement. He has a long-held passion for this medium:
“Since I was a little boy I always loved glass... One night, I melted some glass... and blew a bubble... Since that moment I have spent my life as an explorer searching for new ways to use glass and glassblowing to make forms and colors and installations that no one has ever created before...” –Dale Chihuly
Chihuly’s passion and unique vision shattered established boundaries of glass as an art medium. His awe-inspiring works of art—each a marvel of color, form, and light—are included in more than 200 museum collections worldwide.
Over the course of a brilliant career that spans five decades, Chihuly has created a body of work that has elevated the perception of glass from the realm of craft to fine art. The artist continues to push the perceived limits of this medium today. His exhibitions—mesmerizing, large-scale architectural installations at esteemed cultural institutions in New York, Paris, London, Venice, and Jerusalem—have drawn millions of visitors.
Biltmore is proud to join the list of venerable locations that have hosted Chihuly’s inimitable exhibitions. An enthusiastic collector of fine art, Biltmore founder George Vanderbilt filled his gardens with pieces inspired by renowned artists of the 17th and 19th centuries. And now, Chihuly at Biltmore brings the works of a preeminent artist of the 20th and 21st centuries into those gardens.
Photo courtesy of Chihuly Studio
Dale Chihuly, Green Hornets and Gold Waterdrops, 2012, Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, ©Chihuly Studio
Sited within the ever-changing natural splendor created by another consummate artist—Biltmore landscape designer Frederick Law Olmsted—Chihuly's work is captivating. This unique immersive visual experience is an absolute must-see presentation of unparalleled artistic expression: truly breathtaking sculptures in an equally breathtaking setting.
Dale Chihuly, Float Boat and Carnival Boat, 2012 (detail), Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, ©Chihuly Studio
Dazzling in daylight, the exhibition takes on an entirely new dimension when viewed after night falls. During Chihuly Nights at Biltmore, the sculptures are illuminated to showcase the vibrant colors and organic shapes that distinguish these dramatic creations.
Dale Chihuly, Citron, Amber, and Teal Chandelier I (detail), 2009, 54 x 56 x 48", ©Chihuly Studio
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