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Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Art

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Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Art. Photo by lightwrite
An art museum in Denver, Colorado, the Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Arts housed one of the most significant collections of international decorative art in all of North America dating from between 1875 and 1990. It has more than 3,500 works of art in many different styles, such as Art Nouveau, De Stijl; Bauhaus, Art Deco; and Pop Art. The extensive collection also features the work of 80 architects. The museum’s Arts & Crafts building dating from 1911 is a member of the Historic Artists’ Home and Studios program, together with places like the studios of Jackson Pollock and Georgia O’Keeffe.

History

The original studio and school on Pearl Street is Denver’s oldest commercial art building, built in 1911 and commissioned by Henry Read (Wikipedia Article), who was one of the thirteen founders of the Artists’ Club, which would later become the Denver Art Museum.

Vance Kirkland became the founding director of the School of Art at the University of Denver in 1929, a position from which he resigned in 1932 because the university wouldn’t allow credit for art courses. He then started leasing the Pearl Street building and established the Kirkland School of Art, which had classes accredited by the University of Colorado. He ran his school until 1946, when he returned as director of the Art School at the University of Denver. By the time he had bought the building on Pearl Street, which he used as his personal studio and workshop.

After his death, the Pearl Street building was expanded by his good friend Hugh Grant and opened to the public as a museum in 2003.

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	display case - Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Art
Collection in display case - Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Art. Photo by jakobnewman

Collections

Colorado and Regional Art

The Colorado and Regional Art collection features more than 650 works by 200 artists at any one time. The collection is regularly changed and the visible displays are drawn from a collection that comprises 5,000 words by more than 500 artists from Colorado. It covers the period between 1820 and 1990.

International Decorative Art

Focusing on artifacts dating from between 1875 and 1990, the International Decorative Art collection showcases objects from all major decorative arts movements. There are more than 3,500 objects on display, an exhibit that is the most comprehensive in its kind in the United States.

Kirkland Retrospective

The Kirkland Retrospective exhibit focuses on the works and the five major style periods – designed realism, surrealism, hard edge abstraction, abstract expressionism, and dot painting – of Vance Kirkland (Wikipedia Article), one of the Colorado’s most celebrated artists.

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Kirkland's ateljé - Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Art. Photo by Pelle Sten

Visiting the Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Art

In addition to the three collections, the Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Art offers a museum experience unlike the vast majority of art museums. All works are arranged in a “living room style” with decorative arts displayed in the same room as paintings.

The museum is open from Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a0 feet to 5 p0 feet Guided tours are included in the admission price, which is $ 8.00 USD for adults and $ 6.00 USD for teachers, seniors and students.

How to Get There

Located on Pearl Street and 13th Avenue, the museum lies only a few blocks to the southeast of the Colorado State Capitol in Downtown Denver. It lies right across the Molly Brown House and is easily reached on foot, by bicycle, or by public transport.

Similar and Nearby Landmarks

Other interesting museums and public places in Denver are the Denver Art Museum, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and the Denver Zoo.

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Author: bramreusen. Last updated: Feb 19, 2015

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