“CHIHULY: Whitestone Karuizawa 2021” will feature works by American artist Dale Chihuly created over the course of his 50-year career. The works in glass will evoke Chihuly’s experiments in light, space, and form.

from left to right: Dale Chihuly, Gilded Amber Ikebana with Coral Stem and Leaf, 1998 72 x 38 x 20″; Dale Chihuly, Clear Venetian with Sapphire and Amber Flowers, 2009 34 x 16 x 14″; Dale Chihuly, Pine Green Blanket Cylinder, 2010 14 x 8 x 8″

Highlights of the exhibition include Ikebana, inspired by the Japanese art of flower arrangement; Venetians, which are inspired by Art Deco Venetian vases; Seaforms, which use spiral wraps of color nodding to the natural fluidity and rhythm of the sea; and Cylinders, vessels which feature glass-thread drawings inspired by Native American textiles. Other works include Baskets, a series which recently celebrated 40 years; Persians, dramatic asymmetrical forms, patterns, and color with an ancient sensibility; and Chihuly’s Works on Paper, expressing the artist’s exuberant hand in sketching his glass sculptures.

With a focus on color, light, form, and space, Chihuly works with paint, charcoal, graphite, neon, ice, and Polyvitro to realize his creative vision. Ceilings with colorful projections, old wooden boats used as vessels for vibrant glass sculptures, and installations in nature and botanical settings are among the unexpected experiences he creates.
We invite you to experience the wondrous world of glass.

Karuizawa Gallery


1F / KARUIZAWA NEW ART MUSEUM, 1151-5 Karuizawa, Karuizawa-machi, Kitasaku-gun, Nagano, 389-0102, Japan


Tel: +81 (0)267 46 8691
Fax: +81 (0)267 46 8692


Opening Hours: 10:00 - 18:00 (September), 10:00 - 17:00 (October)
Closed: Monday

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Dale Chihuly

Dale Chihuly is an American artist noted for revolutionizing the studio glass movement and elevating perceptions of the medium. Known for ambitious architectural installations in cities, museums, and gardens around the world, Chihuly utilizes a variety of media to realize his creative vision, including glass, paint, charcoal, neon, ice, and Polyvitro. Chihuly’s work is included in more than 200 museum collections worldwide, including Metropolitan Museum of Art,  Smithsonian American Art Museum and 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), Museum of Fine Arts, Boston  (2011), Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond (2012), Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, Canada (2013), Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada (2016), Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas (2017), Groninger Museum, Groningen, Netherlands (2018), and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London, U.K (2019). Chihuly Garden and Glass, a long-term exhibition located at the Seattle Center, opened in 2012.    


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