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“A festival for the eyes!”

Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art
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Owner description: Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art is temporarily closed to expand our universe! The museum’s new building, located at 12th Avenue and Bannock Street and expected to open in early 2018, will offer visitors an enhanced experience with approximately 65% more display space while staying true to the salon style and intimate atmosphere for which the Kirkland is known. The museum’s three collections are: • International Decorative Art—A celebrated collection including notable examples of every major design period from Arts & Crafts to Postmodern. • Colorado & Regional Art—The largest repository of art showcasing the state and region’s talent, concentrating on the 1850s through the 1990s with about 7,000 works more than 700 artists. • Vance Kirkland Retrospective—Kirkland (1904–1981) is generally considered Colorado’s most distinguished modern painter. About 550 paintings and about 600 drawings and prints are held in his estate collection. Central to the move, Vance Kirkland’s art school & studio building (built 1910–1911 for Henry Read's Students' School of Art) was relocated to Bannock Street and oriented in the same direction. In a feat of engineering, the 1,384 square foot building was detached from the existing museum, moved eight blocks west and placed on the north side of the new museum on November 6, 2016.
Denver, Colorado
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“A festival for the eyes!”
Reviewed October 26, 2011

The museum doesn't allow kids under 12 because of the many fragile items on display. They let us in because our two year old was sleeping in my husband's arms. I really anticipated visiting this museum and it was very kind of them to do this for us.

Vance Kirkland painted some very bright art which looked very cool. My favorite parts of art were all the teacups. Some are gorgeous and some I would actually purchase to use at home.

The downstairs holds many of his paintings in archive. I realize there isn't enough room because this is a small museum, but I wish they would pull out the art and display either in another museum or in a gallery. From what was visible, the paintings looked intriguing.

Vance Kirkland's paintings are unlike any other artist's and I instantaneously recognized his art in the Denver Art museum, the painting named Two Suns in the contemporary art section. Do visit this museum and enjoy!

Visited October 2011
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grants pass, OR
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“Amazing museum, don't miss it!”
Reviewed October 20, 2011

Two weeks of touring museums in Colorado, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico and this was the highlight of the trip! If you like decorative arts you will not be disappointed. Had a beautiful Archibald Knox exhibit that was a nice surprise too!

Visited October 2011
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Chesterfield, MO
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“Unforgettable museum with an eclectic collection”
Reviewed September 30, 2011

This is not your typical art museum and pretty much breaks every rule of a modern museum. Housed in an old house/school, it is more of an old style museum with items in every nick and cranny. There are paintings by Kirkland along with many others. Rooms are filled with mid century modern furniture, trinkets and paintings covering the walls. There is an extensive collection of glassware and pottery, most of it interesting mid-century modern designs. There is limited parking across the street, I actually parked at the Denver Art museum and walked the six block to the Kirkland. Photography is allowed without a flash. Children under 13 are NOT allowed since so much of the art is in the open and easily damaged. A very interesting and eclectic museum that is rarely seen today, I highly recommend it. $7 for adults.

Visited September 2011
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Lubbock, TX
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“A Truly Exceptional Experience”
Reviewed September 17, 2011

If you enjoy the reemergence of the Midcentury Modern movement or just want to spend a few hours in a quirky but cool museum, the Kirkland is for you! I was continually awed by what awaited as I moved from one room to the next. All of the icons of design are represented here along with decor items that are rare and beautiful. Take a chance and be rewarded in so many ways...

Visited April 2011
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“The Kirkland Museum: It's not just a museum, it's an Experience!”
Reviewed September 7, 2010

We were so impressed with the excitement generated by well-thought out exhibits of decorative arts (1880 to 1980), Vance Kirkland's explosive paintings seeming to burst from the walls, and the most friendly and good humored staff imaginable that we had signed up as members and volunteers before we left the museum that first day.
Did you dismiss Modern Art as something you weren't interested in, or didn't know much about? Then you haven't been to the Kirkland. Do displays of beautiful pottery or glassware bring back tender memories of "home"? A visit to the Kirkland will touch you deeply. And, you will learn about the roots of good design, how beautiful furnishings shaped our lives, and about the gifts of dedicated artists and designers, the challenges and creative genius of generations of talented individuals.
Do we recommend it to our friends? All the time! And do they like it? You bet they do.

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