DENVER, COLORADO, 4
October 2006—The Denver Art Museum’s enlarged campus opens to the
public on Saturday 7 October 2006. The Museum, founded in 1893 and one of
the largest art museums between Chicago and the West Coast, nearly doubles
its facilities with the addition of the Frederic C.
Hamilton Building. Designed by architect Daniel Libeskind the new building
adds more than 30,000 square feet of new galleries for its permanent
collections, three temporary exhibition spaces, art storage and public amenities.
The Denver Art Museum's
Frederic C. Hamilton Building
Photo by Jeff Wells
Courtesy of the
Denver Art Museum
The $110 million project, which includes the $75 million Hamilton
Building and related improvements to the Museum’s full complex and site,
was funded through a voter approved $62.5 million bond initiative and $47
million in private funding.
Located at the southern end of Denver’s downtown core, directly across
from the city’s civic park, the Museum is adjacent to the Denver Central
Library, with its 1995 expansion by Michael Graves.
In the opening year, the Museum is dedicating all temporary exhibition
spaces in the Hamilton Building to art with a Colorado connection or art
primarily from its permanent holdings. On the first floor, the
6,000-square-foot Gallagher Family Gallery showcases Japanese Art from the
Colorado Collection of Kimiko and John Powers, on view from 7 October 2006
through 9 September 2007. Approximately 120 works spanning nearly twelve
centuries by artists, some experimenting with Western techniques, and Zen
priests will be presented in two to three rotations. Amassed over three
decades in Colorado, this collection features folding screens, hanging
scrolls, hand scrolls, sculpture and lacquer ware.
South end and downtown Denver
Denver and the Denver Art Museum new addition designed by Daniel
© Jeff Goldberg/Esto.
Courtesy of the Denver Art
As its inaugural presentation, the second floor’s Anschutz Gallery, the
largest of the new spaces for temporary exhibitions, features RADAR:
Selections from the Collection of Vicki and Kent Logan. In 2002,
Vicki and Kent Logan donated more than two hundred works to the Museum’s
modern and contemporary collection and in March 2006 finalized a bequest
to the Denver Art Museum that includes more than 300 artworks, $15 million
in endowment funds and a 15,000-square-foot property in Vail, Colorado.
Works from the 2002 gift, as well as others from the Logan’s collection
and their donations to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, are on view
from 7 October 2006 through 15 July 2007.
Rendering of atrium in the Denver Art Museum’s
new Frederic C. Hamilton Building, designed by Daniel Libeskind
by Miller Hare
Photo courtesy of Denver Art Museum
The Martin & McCormick Gallery, also on the
second floor, displays Breaking the Mold: The Virginia Vogel Mattern
Collection of Contemporary Native American Art, an installation of
Pueblo ceramics, contemporary oil paintings, Navajo and Hopi textiles, and other contemporary American Indian art given to the
Museum by Mattern in December 2003. The gallery installation is on
view from 7 October 2006, through 19 August 2007, and includes
more than 150 of the 320 works given
by Mattern, representing work by American Indian artists today.
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