The great thing about 1900 Inn on Montford is that (almost) everything that Asheville is famous for is so close. A stone’s throw away from the Botanical Gardens, at the cusp of the Montford Area Historic District, with a number of famous breweries and restaurants just around the corner, our Asheville bed-and-breakfast is surrounded by the city’s most exciting attractions within a 4-mile radius.
And in the middle of that radius is Biltmore House, the largest privately owned home in the United States, national historic landmark, and mainstay of Asheville tourism since The Great Depression. It hosts farm-to-table dining restaurants, wineries, shops, spas, history tours, and most importantly, an art collection numbering 92,000 pieces. Biltmore offers a variety of immersive art experiences and must-see exhibitions. And one of them is coming up!
Starting this spring on March 25th and lasting till January next year, Biltmore will host an unmissable exhibition by world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly for the second time.
Who is Dale Chihuly?
Dale Chihuly | Photo source: Wikipedia
A prominent figure in the art world, Dale Chihuly is an award-winning American artist renowned internationally for pushing the boundaries of glass art with his intricate and large-scale glass sculptures. There are two museums in his name and he has received 12 honorary doctorates for his contribution to the American studio glass movement. The Chihuly Garden and Glass museum is one of Washington’s most popular tourist attractions.
Perfected over 50 years of experimentation and dedication, Chihuly’s work stands out for its cheery, vibrant colors and organic, fluid shapes often inspired by natural forms. His installations are site-specific. Each piece is crafted to complement its surroundings, whether it’s a garden, museum, stage setting or urban space.
The hallmark of Chihuly’s work is his unique communal model of glassblowing. He frequently collaborates with teams of glassblowers and artists, which allows him to create his expansive sculptures. He does all this with one eye and an injured shoulder – neither of these conditions have managed to quell the flame of his creative vision.
Chihuly glass sculpture art incorporated into the winter garden in the atrium of the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. Source: everydaywanderer.com
Cobalt Fiori | Photo source: Chihuly.com
What You’re in For with Chihuly at Biltmore
Presented in an intimate gallery setting at Amherst at Deerpark, Chihuly at Biltmore includes an all new curation of his pedestal works, Drawings, and large-scale installations of his thematic exhibitions Chandeliers, Towers, Mille Fiori, and Neon.
The perception of Chihuly’s artwork varies greatly with the natural light. We recommend visiting the Chihuly exhibit as many times as you can during the day because each hour presents a different experience. And do check the weather before you go, because most of his work will be situated outdoors!
“I’m as interested in the way my art works in a public space as in the art itself,” Chihuly has said. For him, the installations are not just pieces but sets—theatrical stages upon which the audience are protagonists.
Book your tickets to the Chihuly exhibit here.
Come Stay With Us!
You could go to every one of the 200 museums that Chihuly’s work is exhibited in, and still not get enough of his dazzling work. The Biltmore exhibit will be one of a kind. 1900 Inn on Montford is situated close by, and Willy and Shawnie would be more than happy to gush over the gorgeousness of his work with you once you’re back. Book your stay at 1900 Inn on Montford for your next Asheville vacay!