RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is home to one of the most extensive collections of Tiffany glass in the world.
Right now, a half dozen of those pieces are at the Musee du Luxembourg in Paris for the world premiere of Tiffany exhibit. Next year the exhibit will cross the Atlantic and come here, to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
"The first of our blockbuster exhibitions is going to be right down at the end of this hallway, Tiffany," said.
Construction is well under way at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts as it prepares for next year's exhibit of one of the most extensive collections of Tiffany glass in the world.
"This is a whole new building and a whole new approach to special exhibitions because we have more than twice the space we've ever had for exhibitions like this," said Alex Nyegres, the director of the VMFA.
The travelling exhibition just premiered in Paris and will make its way across the globe to Richmond by May 29 2010.
"It goes to Montreal, and then the only place in America that it will be seen is at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts," Nyegres said.
The show will feature Tiffany glass from all over the world and promises to be one of the most extensive collections of Tiffany ever assembled.
"An amazing array of what Tiffany produced during his illustrious career," Nyegres said. "Iridescent glass for which he was so famous, but also we have room size glass windows that have come from a church in Montreal."
Nyegres is excited that Richmond is the only venue in the United States to host this Tiffany exhibit. He thinks it will be a big boost for the local economy.
"For Tiffany and other shows it's going to be an endless string of major exhibits coming to Virginia," he said. "We're talking probably an impact of $20 or $30 million from one show on the local economy."