Thursday, May 25, 2000

Major Chihuly work coming to art museum




By Jackie Demaline
The Cincinnati Enquirer

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"Rio delle Torreselle"
(Cincinnati Art Museum)
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        A monumental work by Dale Chihuly, the premier glass artist of our time, is a year away from being on permanent view at Cincinnati Art Museum.

        In June 2001, the cobalt blue glass chandelier “Rio delle Torreselle,” created for the 1996 Chihuly Over Venice exhibition, will go on view in the museum's front lobby.

        Made up of more than 180 individual pieces, the chandelier may undergo some slight reconfiguration before joining the museum's permanent collection.

        Mr. Chihuly is studying plans and photographs and deciding whether the work “needs extra pieces or embellishments,” says museum director Timothy Rub. In the meantime, the lobby will be prepared for Mr. Chihuly with extra lighting and general smartening up.

        Mr. Rub credits the acquisition to curator of decorative arts Anita Ellis, who was museum acting director when negotiations began. The work was part of the blockbuster Chihuly Over Venice at Columbus Museum of Art last season.

        “Rio delle Torreselle” will be unveiled as part of the exhibit Treasures for a Queen: A Millennium Gift to Cincinnati on view from June 17 to Sept. 2.

        The purchase was made possible through donations from individuals and the museum's women's committee. The price was not released for security reasons.

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