Make a Virtual Visit to Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art and Immerse Yourself in One of Denver’s Best Kept Secrets

  • March 18, 2020 17:03

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Art Nouveau Vignette featuring Aux Orchidées Bed (c. 1899 – 1900) designed by Louis Majorelle; Dragonfly Lamp (designed 1899) by Clara Wolcott Driscoll on Majorelle T able (c. 1900); Marquetry Table ( left; c. 1900) designed by Émile Gallé . I mpressionism paintings by Colorado artists Charles Harmon, Charles Partridge Adams and Helen Hoyt. Photo by Wes Magyar
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Aesthetic and Bugatti Room. Corner Cabinet (c. 1873) designed by Edward William Godwin; Three Panel Screen (c. 1880) designed by Christopher Dresser (both Aesthetic) ; Cabinet and Sedia Chair (both c. 1900) designed by Carlo Bugatti. Photo by Wes Magyar.
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Five Art Deco Perfume Atomizers from the 1920s , Collection Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art. Photo by Wes Magyar.
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Sparton Bluebird Radio (Model 566), 1934 , designed by Walter Dorwin Teague (1883 - 1960, American) , manufactured by Sparks - Withington Company (1900 - present) Jackson, MI . Collection Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art. Photo by Wes Magyar.
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While originally intended to give prospective visitors a glimpse of what surprises await, Kirkland Museum’s 360 Degree Virtual Tour also serves as a substitute for an in-person visit while the museum in Denver is closed temporarily.  The self-navigated tour allows viewers to virtually enter the museum through the front door and select from a menu of rooms and galleries to explore approximately 4,400 works on view. Kirkland Museum’s unique and rich aesthetic is front and center from the moment the artistically produced and hyper-realistic virtual tour is launched.

Unusual Experience

Thanks to the vision of Founding Director & Curator Hugh Grant, who assembled and curated the permanent collection, Kirkland Museum’s three collections (International Decorative Art, Colorado & Regional Art and the works of Vance Kirkland) are displayed in a way that is noticeably different than most other museums. The art is arranged in “salon style” with fine art (paintings and sculpture) shown in the same galleries with decorative art. This allows Kirkland Museum visitors to “time travel” through about 150 years of art while exploring every major design movement from Arts & Crafts to Postmodern, displayed with paintings and sculpture by artists connected to Colorado. While rare, a few other museums have done salon-style displays, such as the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston and the Neue Galerie in New York.


At Kirkland Museum paintings and objects are sometimes composed as vignettes where, for instance, Art Deco furniture is grouped together with a period radio, lamp, phone and other accessories, as if you have walked into someone’s vintage home.  
Comparative Displays

Comparative displays are done where several styles of design from the same era, such as Art Nouveau and Wiener Werkstätte, are placed in the same gallery so that comparisons flatware of different eras, along with the furniture, Kirkland Museum illustrates the history of eating, drinking and sitting of much of the 20th century. 
Vance Kirkland Historic Painting Studio

Kirkland’s 1975 Dot Painting, The Illusion of Floating Mysteries in Red Space , is reflected in the terrazzo floor. Photo by Wes Magyar.
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Italian Modern Vignette featuring the Bocca Sofa / Marilyn Lips Sofa (1970 – 1972 ) designed by Studio65; Coffee Table (1950s) , Lounge Table (c. 1964) and Superleggera C hair (1957) designed by Gio Ponti ; Nesting Tables (1951) designed by Ico & Luisa Parisi and Referential Abstraction paintings by Colorado artists William Sanderson, James Mills, Tracy Felix, Trine Bumiller and Sushe Felix. Photo by Wes Magyar.
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One of the highlights of the Museum is seeing the historic painting studio of Vance Kirkland (1904–1981), and the straps from which he sometimes suspended while working on large paintings on his worktable. 
Kirkland Museum’s 360 Degree Virtual Tour can be accessed 24/7 at 

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