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Colorado Art Survey IX

Opened April 11, 2014

Co-curated by Hugh Grant and Christopher Herron

Kirkland Museum unveils a new Colorado Art Survey as it continues to showcase the nationally important art history of Colorado. For this current exhibition, the two main level exhibition rooms have been re-displayed with works from the 1870s to 2000s in a timeline from realism to pure abstraction. This exhibition draws from the museum’s unparalleled and still growing collection of 5,000 works of art by over 500 Colorado artists; a number of which are new acquisitions. Colorado artists have distinguished themselves in many media including painting, sculpture (both metal and ceramic), prints, functional ceramics, textile, enamel and furniture—all of which are on view.

The Colorado artworks are accompanied by decorative art from similar eras in the hallmark salon style of Kirkland Museum—each augmenting the other and giving an experience unmatched in most museums. This exhibition is reinforced by the most comprehensive decorative art show ever given at Kirkland Museum: New Explorations in International Design.


Sunrise in Autumn on the Spanish Peaks, c. 1890-1895,

by Charles Partridge Adams (1858-1942), oil on canvas,

Collection Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art

New Explorations in International Design 1878–2000

Beginning July 25, 2013 ; Curator: Hugh Grant

New Explorations in International Design 1878–2000  highlights our international design collection, recognized as one of the most important displays in North America, from the last quarter of the 19th century through the 20th century. Major, new acquisitions are integrated into the Kirkland’s salon settings.

Since the opening of Phase 1 on November 23, 2012, 76 extraordinary new objects have been acquired and put on display, thereby demonstrating the commitment to our art community and to continually improving the Kirkland’s collections.  The 101 objects of Phase 1, new as of November 2012, have remained on display; and the new Phase 2 objects have replaced a number of objects on view for several years.

Key Facts:

  • Not since 2009 has our International Decorative Art Collection been showcased at Kirkland Museum in such a comprehensive way.
  • These items have been added to all eleven of our design areas:  Arts & Crafts, Aesthetic, Art Nouveau, Glasgow Style, Wiener Werkstätte, De Stijl, Bauhaus, Art Deco, Modern, Pop Art and Post-Modern—a methodically planned, comprehensive growth.


Kirkland Museum Art Deco vignette featuring the Dubly games table by Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann, c. 1927; a chair by Pierre Patout, 1932-5, for the First Class Dining Room on the luxurious but ill-fated ocean liner S. S. Normandie; Penthièvre vase by René Lalique, 1928; 6-panel lacquered wood screen by Jean Dunand, 1925 or before, featuring his signature “Dunand fish”.


Kirkland Museum interior featuring a Glasgow Style Cabinet, 1901-1902, by E.A. Taylor; Side Chair (left), 1898-99, by Charles Rennie Mackintosh; Arm Chair (right), c.1900, by George Walton; Wall Hanging, c.1878, by William Morris.

Download the Phase 2 press release about this exhibition HERE (PDF).

Download the Phase 1 press release HERE (PDF).

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