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Artpoints visits the Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal
The Chihuly Glass Utterly Breathtaking Exhibition
Montreal is one of the loveliest cities in North America, at once modern and at the same time with an old (vieux) Montreal along the river not much changed since Ethan Allen tried to wrest the city from the British during the American Revolution.
Montreal is the second largest French speaking city in the world with a sophistication in art and cuisine that one would expect from such a status. We visited the the premier museum in the city, the Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal. The Museum is located in three buildings downtown joined under the street by galleries and corridors. One building, containing galleries of Canadian and First Nation paintings and sculpture, is re-purposed church.
The purpose of our visit was to see a Special exhibition of the works of glass and light by Dale Chihuly.
For me and, I think, most people the combination of light and color is compelling. Of course, all art is a combination of light and color, but when the object is self illuminated it adds a special element, fireworks and sunsets in nature come to mind. I think of Tiffany lamps or standing before the great stained glass windows in the cathedrals in Europe , I have always been fascinated by the natural beauty of light.
Dale Chihuly's "The Sun"
Dale Chihuly derives his much of his inspiration from nature. The first piece on display is called “The Sun” and is outside across the street from the museum’s main entrance.
The glorious fireball “Sun” greets all who walk down busy Shurbrooke Street in downtown Montreal. Lit by natural sunlight, it radiates energy, heat, and the volcanic energy of a solar storm. As we watched, tour busses pulled up one after another, so their passengers could gape in wonder and snap photographs. The tourists’ one exposure to the color and light of the Chihuly exhibit.
Dale Chihuly's "Turquoise Reeds"
A base of salvaged old-growth red western cedar trunks form the base for spires of blue glass rising as high as three metres. Trees remember and reinterpreted from a youth in the rain forests of the Puget Sound.
The contrast between the rough, naturally decaying wood and the smooth, man-made spires brought to my mind the image of a shining city resting on a churning red, organic ocean.
The entrance into the gallery is intended to introduce you to an alternative reality, the galleries are painted a light absorbing black and the art itself provides the only illumination. When you’re working with transparent materials, when you’re looking at glass, plastic, ice or water, you’re looking at light itself. The light is coming through, and you see that cobalt blue, that ruby red, whatever the color might be—you’re looking at the light and color mix together. Something magical and mystical, something we don’t understand, nor should we care to understand. Much like trying to understand the moon. Just experience it.
Dale Chihuly's "Persian Ceiling"
Entering the Persian Ceiling I lay down on the cushions placed along one side of the room. Immediately, I surrendered to a dreamy mood, gazing at the layers of glass roundels and basking in their kaleidoscopic colored light. This “carpet” is on the ceiling rather than the floor, inviting comparisons and contrasts with the magical space created by traditional Persian carpets.
While the Piece is called “Persian Ceiling”, for me it was evocative, again of the sea, of a great tide pool of glass anemones, star fish and other creatures of the tidal coast.
Dale Chihuly's "Mille Fiore"
For me, this was the most magical artwork of this exhibit, as if I was seeing an enchanted forest that I had wandered in my childhood dreams. Occupying and entire room and lit from above, the glass glows from within with pure saturated color.
Chihuly works with glass manufactuer studios all over the world. He brings his sensibility and his skill and the studios work to bring is visions to life. As he says of his work, "We are using gravity, centrifugal force, the heat, the fire, of of these different elements, and in many ways we are not in control. It's letting the glass also make the form. Going with it, I want the pieces to be very often as if they are from nature. And so you are not sure, is it man-made? Is it from nature?" Mill Fiore aptly demonstrates this tension with the wonderful way nature is imitated.
Dale Chihuly has a permanent exhibit in Seattle at the Chihuly Garden and Glass sculpture garden under the Space Needle. He will have an exhibition in Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden, November 10, 2013 to May 18, 2014.