The Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art is a new museum in the heart of Denver’s museum district, the Golden Triangle. Located across the street from the Denver Art Museum and the Clyfford Still Museum, the new location will offer visitors an enhanced salon-like experience while staying true to the intimate atmosphere for which the Kirkland is known.
The museum’s collection includes the largest repository of Colorado art, comprised of 5,311 works; the International Decorative Art Collection, which includes over 15,000 objects and is considered one of the most important design collections displayed in any North American museum; and the Vance Kirkland Collection, which encompasses approximately 550 paintings and 600 drawings and prints.
The central volume of the new museum is clad in a warm yellow terra cotta, reminiscent of classic Art Deco buildings; glazed panels are accented with a pattern of alternating baguettes of colored glass, creating a tapestry-like aesthetic that offsets the warm, natural brick of the Vance Kirkland Studio building.
A central element of the new museum, the existing Vance Kirkland Studio building, constructed in 1911, has been relocated to the new site. The building is oriented in the same direction in its new location with banks of windows facing north to capture the natural daylight.
Construction will begin in the fall of 2015 with an anticipated completion date of early 2018.
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