Time travel through 150 years of design and step into the art studio of Colorado's most renowned modern painter at Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art. Most exhibits are arranged in "salon style" so that one can get a feel of a particular design period. Look for the examples of different art movements, such as Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Bauhaus, or Pop Art, and compare them. A visit to Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Denver trip itinerary planning site to plot your vacation.
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Was surprised to find out that architect was from Seattle because I really like the building. Loved Frank Lloyd Wright pieces as well as Ames pieces. Very nice gift shop. more »
Unexpected pleasure! Works by Vance Kirkland are amazing from his early days to funky later days. The best part was the ability to see his work studio. The museum is packed with other items, from... more »
When I was planning my visit I saw this museum and it was top on my list. Kirkland did not disappoint. First, the building is beautiful, and the staff was incredibly friendly. The museum packs a lot of amazing design history inside and does a great job of it. Unsurprisingly, the layout is well thought out. The rooms along the promenade walk you through the history and evolution of design better than any history class or any other museum I have seen. The museum is set up more like a furniture store or the home of a collector than a white-walled modern art museum. Each room offers a holistic glimpse into that era of design. The items are presented in a way you rarely see at other museums, in a more natural and contextual space. The studio space feels like it is still someones home. It does not feel like much was changed to make it a museum. The smaller space and more natural layout makes for a unique experience. A fantastic museum filled with a great history.
Most museums will only give you fine art, or textiles, or pottery, etc. But the Kirkland does a wonderful job of combining several art forms all at once within engaging period presentations that immerse you in the exhibits far more effectively than traditional museums. It was a wonderful experience. I only wish it was larger and there was more of it to enjoy!!
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