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DENVER ART MUSEUM OPENS HAMILTON BUILDING

 

Staff Report

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.


Panoramic view
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
Downtown Denver and the Denver Art Museum new addition designed by Daniel Libeskind
© Jeff Goldberg/Esto.
Courtesy of the Denver Art Museum

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
Image 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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