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Gazette Premium Content Denver Botanic Gardens presents outdoor exhibit by Dale Chihuly next year

News release Newspaper - Published: October 22, 2013

CHIHULY

June 13 - November 30, 2014

Denver Botanic Gardens is pleased to announce it will present the Rocky Mountain Region's first outdoor exhibition of artwork by celebrated American artist, Dale Chihuly. The exhibition will be on view at the York street location June 13 - November 30, 2014. Informed by nature, each sculpture and its placement respond to surrounding plants, flowers and architecture. Chihuly's elegant sculptures - ranging in size and style from small water floats to large vertical installations - will add bold colors and dramatic beauty to the Gardens' 24-acre urban oasis. Related programs and events will be announced at a later date.

"We are thrilled to welcome Chihuly to Denver Botanic Gardens," says Brian Vogt, CEO of the Gardens. "This special opportunity will bring an internationally recognized artist to the Denver metro area and the Rocky Mountain West. The iconic artwork will enhance the Gardens' living collection in a powerful, yet graceful way that is at once familiar and other-worldly."

"Colorado's cultural venues continue to draw world-class programs such as the outdoor Chihuly exhibition," says Gov. John Hickenlooper. "Denver Botanic Gardens is the perfect place to showcase the beauty of Chihuly's artwork. We welcome the opportunity to have visitors from all over the world see this incredible exhibit."

Chihuly is credited with revolutionizing the Studio Glass movement and elevating the perception of the glass medium from the realm of craft to fine art. He is renowned for his ambitious architectural installations around the world, in historic cities, museums and gardens. Chihuly's work is included in more than 200 museum collections worldwide including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Corning Museum of Glass. Major exhibitions include Chihuly Over Venice (1995-96), Chihuly in the Light of Jerusalem (1999), de Young Museum in San Francisco (2008), the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2011) the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond (2012) and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (2013). Chihuly Garden and Glass opened at Seattle Center in 2012.

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