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Utterly Breathtaking – Dale Chihuly at Montreal’s Museum of Fine Arts

By - November 12, 2013 (Updated: November 18, 2014)

Dale Chihuly is a master of colour and light

Dale Chihuly is a master of colour and light

Imagine a world filled with brilliantly coloured organic shapes entirely made of glass. You’ve just pictured the world created by glass artist Dale Chihuly.

This is my first week back to my computer, after almost a month of visiting family and friends in Canada. The trip was a total of 6 flights, countless hours of driving, eating our body weights in food (possibly several times over) and being surrounded by people we love. Wonderful.

And while I have a mile-long list of Belgium related posts I’m dying to share with you (including museums, food, a charming hotel, and a late night night trek in the woods to listen for mating deer, I kid you not), jetlag has me shattered.

So, instead you get to look at some pretty (I hope) pictures of beautiful glass sculptures, by one of my favourite artists – Dale Chihuly.

We hadn’t planned to see a Chihuly exhibition, while in Canada (or any art exhibitions for that matter), but we ended up having a last-minute stopover in Montreal on our way to Winnipeg. When I spotted a poster for the show, on the way from the airport to the city centre, I knew we had our plans for the afternoon.

So, while I recover from sleep deprivation, I give you my photographic impressions of the Dale Chihuly’s exhibition at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts – Utterly Breathtaking.

Chihuly's 'Sun' outside the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Chihuly’s ‘Sun’ outside the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

This way to Chihuly!

This way to Chihuly!

Entrance to Utterly Beautiful

Entrance to Utterly Beautiful – a very apt exhibition title…

A touch of nature outside the exhibition

A touch of nature outside the exhibition

Chihuly's Flower Bowls

Chihuly’s Flower Bowls

Neon

Neon

A boat full of beauty

A boat full of beauty

Another boat, anther riot of colour

Another boat, anther riot of colour

Chihuly's magical garden

Chihuly’s magical garden

I could look at this all day

I could look at this all day

One of my favourite's... I think it would look great in our dining room!

One of my favourite’s… I think it would look great in our dining room!

Green chandelier

Green chandelier

Chihuly's Persian Ceiling

The masterpiece – Chihuly’s Persian Ceiling.

Chihuly's Persian Ceiling

It’s possible I spent a very long time photographing the play of colours, light and shadow in the room…

I hope you enjoyed this colourful interlude and we’ll be back Friday with more goodness from Belgium.

Alison Cornford-Matheson is a Canadian freelance writer and travel photographer and the founder of Cheeseweb.eu. She is the author of The Foodie Guide to Brussels: Local Tips for Restaurants, Shops, Hotels, and Activities. Alison landed in Belgium in 2005 and, over the years, has become passionate about slow and sustainable travel, in Europe and beyond. She loves to discover hidden gems - be they museums, shops, restaurants, castles, gardens or landscapes, and share them through her words and photos. She has visited 45 countries and is currently slow travelling through North America in an RV, with her husband, Andrew, and two well-travelled cats. You can also follow her work on Google+
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4 comments

  1. Comment by Adriana

    Adriana November 12, 2013 at 14:03

    This takes my breath away. I would walk the entire place with my mouth open.

    • Comment by Alison

      Alison November 12, 2013 at 14:37

      It was pretty special! I couldn’t stop trying to capture the colours with my camera.

      • Comment by Adriana

        Adriana November 13, 2013 at 15:51

        I don’t blame you. I would be the same way. Gosh it’s beautiful!

  2. Comment by Amy

    Amy November 28, 2013 at 17:21

    Thanks again for introducing me to this artist. The exhibit was breathtaking!

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