Denver, November 8, 2017—Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art’s highly anticipated new building at 1201 Bannock Street opens to the public on Saturday, March 10, 2018. The grand opening follows a week-long celebration of preview events including:
• Thursday, March 1, 2018 Golden Gala
• Friday, March 2, 2018 Private preview for artists and designers in the collection
• Saturday, March 3, 2018 Private preview for Kirkland Museum members
• Sunday, March 4, 2018 Private preview for community partners
• Saturday, March 10, 2018 Grand opening of the new museum
The Golden Gala celebrates Kirkland Museum’s new golden building and the museum’s relocation to Denver’s Golden Triangle Creative District, steps away from Clyfford Still Museum and Denver Art Museum. Sponsorships to attend the gala and see the museum before it opens to the public range from $2,500 to $20,000. Individual tickets will be available in January, subject to availability. For more information, visit the Events page at kirklandmuseum.org or contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 303.832.8576 x801.
The new museum offers far greater visibility for the museum’s three collections (international decorative art, Colorado and regional art and works by Vance Kirkland) which will complement the collections of the museums nearby and make it even more convenient for art lovers to experience all the internationally important artwork Denver offers in the Golden Triangle.
Kirkland Museum features three principal collections including displays of over 150 years of Colorado art and almost 150 years of decorative art. The Kirkland is recognized as having one of the most important displays of international decorative art in North America from Arts & Crafts through Postmodern. The Colorado and regional art collection shows the span of local art history from 1845 through the 1990s. Painter Vance Kirkland (1904–1981) was among the most important Colorado and regional painters of the 20th century; a retrospective of his work is shown in the new building with the Colorado and decorative art in salon style.
Seattle-based Olson Kundig—with Jim Olson, FAIA, Design Principal and Kirsten Murray, FAIA, Principal in Charge—designed the new 38,500-square-foot museum clad in wonderful shades of golden terra cotta and glass, inspired by the colorful objects in the collection, especially Vance Kirkland’s vibrant paintings. Funding for construction of the new building was provided by Merle Chambers Fund. The foundation’s financial support for a new home for the museum is an investment in the further development of the vibrant Golden Triangle Creative District and Denver’s national important art scene.
For more information, please visit www.kirklandmuseum.org. A digital press kit is available here.