Founded in 1893, the Denver Art Museum has over 40,000 works of art, the largest and most comprehensive collection of world art between Kansas City and the West Coast.
The 28-sided building is itself a piece of sculpture and was designed by Gio Ponti of Italy in collaboration with James Sudler Associates of Denver. Specialties include the Native American gallery, a renowned collection of the arts of the indigenous peoples of North America. The 17,000 objects in this collection are regarded by some as the finest examples of American Indian art to be found in any museum.
The New World gallery features over 5,000 objects of pre-Columbian and Spanish Colonial art that includes masterpieces created before the arrival of the Spanish in the New World, as well as paintings, sculpture, furniture and an exceptional collection of silver from the Spanish Colonial period.
The Painting and Sculpture galleries feature American, European and Western artists such as Winslow Homer, Georgia O’Keeffe, Edgar Degas, Henri Matisse, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso and Pierre August Renoir to name a few. The Western Art Gallery contains pieces that capture the spirit of the American West, including masterpieces by Frederic Remington, Albert Bierstadt, Norman Rockwell and Charles Marion Russell.
The museum also has an excellent Asian Art and Modern & Contemporary Gallery, a gift shop and restaurant.
The Denver Art Museum reopend in 2006 after a $68 million expansion. The new building was designed by architect Daniel Libeskind, winner of the World Trade Center redesign project. The Denver Art Museum will be his first building in North America.
It's part of the Civic Center Cultural Complex, located on 13th Avenue between Broadway and Bannock in downtown Denver.