NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Following its unprecedented blockbuster success a decade ago, Cheekwood is thrilled to announce “Chihuly at Cheekwood” coming in the spring of 2020. Multimedia artist Dale Chihuly’s monumental sculptures will be presented throughout the historic estate, both in its gardens and galleries. The exhibition will coincide with the reopening of Cheekwood’s acclaimed Carell Woodland Sculpture Trail.
Opening April 25, 2020, “Chihuly at Cheekwood” will feature artwork in both indoor and outdoor settings, including two new works which are being designed specifically for the exhibition.
2020 will mark the 10th anniversary since Chihuly’s last exhibition at Cheekwood and will also commemorate the 60th anniversary of Cheekwood as a public institution.
The exhibition opening will serve as the grand reopening of Cheekwood’s newly renovated Carell Woodland Sculpture Trail, its nearly mile-long trail featuring 10 monumental sculptures. Having broken ground earlier this year, the enhancement project will feature a new trailhead entrance, a barrier-free path, evening lighting, horticultural areas and conservation of existing sculptures.
Two of Chihuly’s works will be installed on the Carell Woodland Sculpture Trail for visitors to enjoy during the exhibition. Another will be installed in the Great Hall of Cheekwood’s newly renovated Frist Learning Center.
“We are delighted to bring Dale Chihuly’s extraordinary work back to Cheekwood, where his vibrant installations will be in dialogue with the estate’s incomparably beautiful vistas,” said Jane MacLeod, president and CEO of Cheekwood. “For many Nashvillians, Chihuly’s 2010 exhibition marked their first visit to Cheekwood, and a decade later, we look forward to welcoming an ever-growing community to again experience the magnificence of Chihuly at Cheekwood.”
Nearly a decade ago, “Chihuly at Cheekwood” marked a watershed moment for the estate and garden. The exhibition propelled the institution to an unparalleled level of success, when Cheekwood’s annual attendance doubled from prior years, reaching an unprecedented 360,000 visitors.
“I would like to congratulate and thank Cheekwood for bringing back Chihuly,” said Butch Spyridon, president and CEO, Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. “The first Chihuly exhibition nearly 10 years ago was an overwhelming success for both Cheekwood and Nashville, and with the rise and prominence of the cultural arts scene in our city this is the perfect time for a return.”
Chihuly’s work has been exhibited at renowned locations across the U.S. and the world, including the upcoming “Chihuly: Reflections on nature” at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in London, “Chihuly in the Light of Jerusalem” in Israel and “Chihuly Over Venice” in Italy.
Cheekwood will feature special Chihuly Nights admission Thursdays – Sundays, along with regular daytime hours Tuesdays – Sundays. Cheekwood is closed to the public on Mondays.
Daytime admission to “Chihuly at Cheekwood” will be included in the general admission ticket price. Admission to see Chihuly Nights will require a separate ticket. More information about tickets and special programs will be announced later.
“Chihuly at Cheekwood“ is funded in part by Gullett Sanford Robinson & Martin (GSRM Law).