Let me immediately say, the Rome exhibition is well worth visiting and there is some wondrous ancient statuary and jewelry on display. They also have an excellent audio tour to accompany your visit and educate you further on Roman life and times.
However as someone who has visited Rome twice and seen similar pieces in their original ancient surroundings, it just wasn't the same for me. The hubster actually felt the same way, despite just visiting the Roman Baths in Bath, England. We both found it interesting and if you have never seen ancient masterpieces in the flesh, then I urge you to go and soak it all up. They don't allow photography in that exhibition, so sorry no piccies from it.
But there probably aren't enough superlatives to describe the stunning beauty and skill involved in the production of Chihuly blown glass. This is the permanent exhibit at the museum and was just awe-inspiring and has that "WOW" factor.
Dale Chihuly is an American world reknowned artist in blown glass, who leads the way in this artistic field and has for many years. He is on the cutting edge of this medium and works with a team to produce stunning visionary and challenging glass works of art for both commercial installations and private commissions.
His work has been influenced by his life; his plant life forms are reminiscent of his mothers garden in Tacoma, Washington. His boats filled with coloured glass orbs and seaforms reflect his love of the sea, Pam OKC later told me this is her favourite piece below. He is a master of flowing forms, architectural pieces and amazing colours and patterns in his work.
I fell totally in love with his glass ceiling, the reflecting coloured light was just magical and I wanted to just lay down right there on the floor and gaze at it in wonder. I thought it would make a stunning setting for a music video. If we ever win millions in a lottery, I will be commissioning him to make me a room with a glass ceiling I can escape into!
The hubster loved the plant forms and the free flowing wall designs, that were so intricate it's hard to take it all in. We were both constantly asking "how", this is truly an exhibition that makes you think and question.
In the museum shop they had 2 original small pieces that were $6,600! So it may be a long time before we can afford to own any, but I know we'd jump at the chance if we ever find ourselves rich suddenly. Guess we'd better start playing the lottery!
The largest exhibit is the tower of glass stunningly placed for full effect in the glass entrance to the museum. It is huge and as the hubster stated a few times during our visit, "I would hate to be responsible for moving and setting up these displays"!