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Dale Chihuly, Niijima Floats, 2005, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Miami
CHIHULY PRESENTS MOST COMPREHENSIVE GARDEN EXHIBITION TO DATE
Artist returns to Fairchild as part of Art at Fairchild 2014 – 2015
Coral Gables, FL, September 22, 2014 – Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is pleased to announce that renowned American artist Dale Chihuly will return to unveil his most comprehensive garden exhibition to date in Miami as part of Art at Fairchild, the seasonal program that invites international artists to display their works throughout the 83-acre tropical oasis. The exhibition will be on view from December 6, 2014 – May 31, 2015.
Chihuly’s magnificent works of art will be installed throughout many of the Garden exhibits, including the lush Rainforest, sprawling Palm Collection, picturesque Bailey Palm Glade Vista, and the new Wings of the Tropics exhibit, where they will be surrounded by hundreds of colorful and exotic butterflies. Visitors can admire the luminous works of art reflecting off the surface of the palm-lined lakes, where art and nature will meld seamlessly together. Works will be nestled next to the broadleaf plants and shimmering orchids of the continental U.S.’s only outdoor Rainforest exhibit. They will stand tall alongside stately cycads and palms or lay low among vibrant bromeliads. Bright water lilies will float beside them in the Victoria Amazonica Pool, uniting art with the magnificent colors of the tropical landscape.
Chihuly previously exhibited work in the Garden during the 2005-2006 and 2006-2007 Art at Fairchild seasons. For his exhibition, the artist will debut new works of art that have never before been exhibited. Special art viewings will be held throughout the season, including night viewings and activities during Art Basel Miami Beach.
The opening of the Chihuly exhibition also coincides with the opening of the Adam R. Rose and Peter R. McQuillan Arts Center, a 3,000-square-foot facility that will enrich Miami’s cultural renaissance with programs celebrating the fine arts. As they walk into the building, visitors will be met with botanical reliefs on the exterior walls that were created by Miami-based artist Naomi Fisher. During Art at Fairchild, it will be home to the Chihuly Gallery.
As part of Design at Fairchild, a design exhibition featuring 99 limited edition Fish Chairs by Indian designer Satyendra Pakhalé will also be on view. He partnered with creative director Giulio Cappellini of the Italian design firm Cappellini, part of the Haworth Collection, to produce the designs. The Fish Chairs will be surrounded by more than 700 species of tropical flowering trees in the Arboretum. Pakhalé is represented by Cologne, Germany-based ammann//gallery, and his Fairchild exhibition will be curated by Cristina Grajales of New York’s Cristina Grajales Gallery.
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. Major exhibitions include Chihuly Over Venice (1995-96), Chihuly in the Light of Jerusalem (1999), Garden Cycle (2001–14), 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.
Prices may vary for art-related events. General garden admission is $25 for adults, $18 for seniors 65 and up, $12 for children 6-17, and free for Fairchild members and children 5 and under. For more information, please visit the Art at Fairchild webpage and Events webpage.
The 2014-2015 Art at Fairchild season is sponsored by CBS4.
About Art at Fairchild
Art at Fairchild is committed to the cultural enrichment of South Florida and supports Fairchild’s conservation work, education outreach, and science programs. Fairchild has exhibited the works of Dale Chihuly, Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne, Roy Lichtenstein, Yayoi Kusama, Mark di Suvero, Fernando Botero, Yoko Ono, Kris Martin, and more. Art at Fairchild is generously supported by The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Dr. Lin Lougheed, and the Aaron I. Fleischman Foundation.
About Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Established in 1938 and comprising 83 acres in Miami, Fla., Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to exploring, explaining and conserving the world of tropical plants. The world-renowned plant collections feature palms, cycads, orchids, tropical fruit trees and more. Fairchild has the largest education program of any metropolitan area, reaching more than 200,000 schoolchildren each year with environmental programs like The Fairchild Challenge. It aims to inspire a greater knowledge and love for plants and gardening so that all can enjoy the beauty and bounty of the tropical world. Special events include Chocolate, Mango, and Orchid Festivals in addition to an annual art exhibition, concerts, plant sales and more. Fairchild is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, FL 33156. For more info, call 305-667-1651 or visit www.fairchildgarden.org.