Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art has announced plans to build a new museum at 12th Avenue and Bannock Street, in the heart of Denver’s museum district. Located near the Denver Art Museum and the Clyfford Still Museum, the new location will offer visitors an enhanced experience, while staying true to the salon style and intimate atmosphere for which the Kirkland is known.
“Relocating Kirkland Museum offers far greater visibility for our three focus areas and makes it more convenient for art lovers to park once to experience all the internationally important artwork Denver offers in the Golden Triangle,” said Hugh Grant, founding director and curator.
Kirkland Museum’s three focus areas are:
- The Colorado Art Collection is the largest repository of Colorado art showcasing the state’s talent, concentrating on the 1870s through the 1980s. This collection currently has 534 Colorado artists represented by 5,311 works. About 170 Colorado artists are on view at any one time.
– The International Decorative Art Collection, considered one of the most important design collections displayed in any North American museum, totals about 15,000 objects with about 3,500 on view. This collection includes Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau, Bauhaus, Art Deco, Modern and Postmodern.
– The Vance Kirkland Collection – Vance Kirkland (1904-1981) is generally considered Colorado’s most distinguished modern painter. About 550 paintings and about 600 drawings and prints are held with 55 works currently on view.
Central to the relocation, the existing Vance Kirkland Studio building will be moved to the future site and oriented in the same direction with the banks of windows facing north for the natural light. “A more modern building—the new Kirkland Museum—will set off the older Arts & Crafts studio,” noted Grant.
Kirkland Museum will be situated on seven lots (just over 26,000 square feet) from the northwest corner of 12th Avenue and Bannock Street, to about the middle of the block. The property was purchased for $4.395 million. Construction is expected to begin in 2015 and to be completed by late 2016 to early 2017.
Seattle-based Olson Kundig Architects, with projects on five continents, has been selected to design the new museum. Stated Grant, “In addition to museums and other facilities, Olson Kundig is known for designing many extraordinary residences displaying major art collections. Because Kirkland Museum is displayed salon style, with the feeling of being in a home, their design sensibility is a good fit for us.” Olson Kundig’s museum projects include the Lightcatcher at the Whatcom Museum (Bellingham, Washington), Tacoma Art Museum’s Haub Wing, along with the redesign of Tacoma Art Museum’s plaza and entry sequence.Location: 12th Avenue and Bannock Street, Denver, Colorado
Architects: Olson Kundig Architects
Project: Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art
Area: 26,000 sq ft