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Dale Chihuly Returns to the Sonoran Desert with a Stunning New Exhibition at Two Iconic Arizona Venues

Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation | Aug 3, 2021

“Chihuly in the Desert” premiers December 3 at Desert Botanical Garden & Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West.

Dale Chihuly returns to the Sonoran Desert with a stunning new exhibition at two of Arizona’s most iconic venues, Desert Botanical Garden and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West.

Combining art, architecture, and nature, Chihuly in the Desert is set against majestic saguaros, the striking Papago buttes, and a World Heritage site. Chihuly’s masterpieces stun from day to night as color, light and form come alive for the first time ever at two locations for a joint exhibition.

“The Garden is thrilled to bring Chihuly back to the Valley since their first showing in 2008. We are co-presenting the exhibit with Taliesin West – both venues will be filled with extraordinary glass installations,” says Ken Schutz, the Garden’s executive director. “Partnering with Taliesin West has been a rewarding experience, and I think our successful collaboration might serve as a model for other arts and cultural organizations in the Valley as they bring their programs back on line.”

Chihuly in the Desert showcases Dale Chihuly’s stunning, large-scale installations nestled among the Garden’s world-class collection of desert plants. Featuring installations on the Garden’s trails complemented by a major indoor gallery in Dorrance Hall, the dynamic exhibition includes never-before-seen installations and is a must-see throughout the seasons. 

Dale Chihuly Fire Amber Herons (detail), 2016 8 x 10 x 7′ Atlanta Botanical Garden © 2021 Chihuly Studio. All Rights Reserved.

Dale Chihuly Aqua Blue and Amber Chandelier (detail), 2011 11 x 7 x 7′ © 2021 Chihuly Studio. All Rights Reserved.

At Taliesin West, installations will be seen inside the building, on the lawns, floating on the water, and emerging from the desert itself. Each installation is a rich dialogue between Wright and Chihuly, pairing the work of two masters in a way that has never been done before. The Desert Laboratory of Wright’s Taliesin West is an ideal backdrop for exploring the elements and principles of design, present in both Chihuly’s sculptures and Wright’s architecture.

Chihuly’s spectacular artworks can be found in more than 200 museums worldwide, and garden exhibitions of his work have been mounted at the New York Botanical Garden, Atlanta Botanical Garden, Missouri Botanical Garden, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and Gardens by the Bay, Singapore.

“Chihuly and Frank Lloyd Wright, two American originals taking inspiration from the country’s unique physical and cultural landscapes, are a perfect fit at Taliesin West,” says Stuart Graff, president and CEO of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. “With our World Heritage buildings and mountainous desert backdrop, the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation presents its first exhibition of this kind, revealing how art, architecture and nature come together to connect our visitors more deeply with the world around them.”

From sunrise to sunset, Chihuly’s complex pieces come alive at these two locations for a joint exhibition, on view from December 3, 2021, through June 19, 2022. Tickets to experience this captivating exhibition go on sale October 4 and can be purchased here.

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