Update, 5/31/19: All five Chihuly artworks have been installed and are available for viewing.
Crystal Bridges recently acquired five artworks seen in the popular 2017 exhibition Chihuly: In the Gallery + In the Forest. All five artworks, created by Dale Chihuly, are currently being installed throughout the museum and grounds and will be on display beginning this summer.
“I am honored that my work will be included in the permanent collection of this important American institution,” said artist Dale Chihuly. “The museum, designed by architect Moshe Safdie, and the surrounding natural environment are wonderful settings in which to experience the work of American artists, and I am proud to be featured among them.”
A favorite stop in the museum galleries, Azure Icicle Chandelier will remain hanging in the Modern Art Gallery bridge between the boxes.
Dale Chihuly’s “Golden Sun”, which was developed for Crystal Bridges to complement the backdrop of the Ozark forest, is in the North Forest near the food court area.
These colorful floats are on display in the museum’s Upper Pond, near the Great Hall.
Another Chihuly sculpture that was created specifically for Crystal Bridges, Turquoise Reeds and Ozark Fiori is installed near the bridge on the Art Trail, just outside the windows of the Reflection Space at the end of the Temporary Exhibition Gallery. Seating is available in the Reflection Space to sit and admire the artwork, and it can be viewed from either inside or out on the trail.
Dale Chihuly, Fiori Boat, 2016, 6 x 22½ x 12′, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, installed 2017, © Chihuly Studio
A crowd favorite, Fiori Boat is permanently installed in the North Forest near the North Tower Bridge.
Every year, Chihuly creates four Studio Editions. Each of these signed edition works is inspired by a specific series conceptualized by him throughout his career. Stop by the Museum Store to view these remarkable artworks for yourself!