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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.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed August 5, 2014

We visited on a rainy day and thoroughly enjoyed the 1:30 PM tour (Wed-Sat). The tour made the trip, otherwise I would have missed a lot of detailed information.

Visited July 2014
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Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Fantastic collection”
Reviewed August 4, 2014

We were especially interested in the furniture and items from the Arts and Craft period and Art Deco. The number of items on display was overwhelming. One of the best we have seen including Paris and New York. Well displayed and great lighting to show off the pieces. We were not that interested in the Kirkland paintings, but did enjoy learning about him.

Visited July 2014
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Marshall, Texas
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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Hidden gem”
Reviewed July 25, 2014

WOW, so many cool pieces in this collection. MUST SEE if you love Art Deco or mid century modern furniture. I loved every inch of this little museum. Mr. Kirkland's paintings are unique and interesting.

Visited October 2013
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Denver, Colorado
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5 reviews
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“Unique collection”
Reviewed July 25, 2014

Too much stuff but they are building a larger facility. Great history of Mr. Kirkland and amazing collection of art and object from CO and around the world.

Visited July 2014
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Great collection”
Reviewed July 22, 2014

Thanks to local guidebooks for pointing us to this excellent small museum in downtown Denver, featuring the works of local artist Vance Kirkland along with an excellent collection of contemporary decorative art and design pieces.

We recommend the docent tour, which provides valuable insight into this artist and the relationship between his work and the other decorative and design artists featured there.

The museum is housed in what was Mr. Kirkland's studio and is full-to-overflowing with interesting pieces. Don't miss the adjacent sculpture garden.

Visited February 2014
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