We are in Colorado, visiting our oldest grandchildren, Ella and Kristina, and their parents. As a compulsive planner, I usually do some research on things to do when we visit here. Our focus is primarily on things to do with our grandchildren, but since they are in school this week, we’ve had a couple of “free” days.
In my usual “down the rabbit hole” way, I came across a website that is part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation that lists homes and studios of famous artists that are open to the public. One of them, Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Art, is in Denver. You can see where the rest of them are at the website of the Trust. When you are there, look for Historic Artists Homes and Studios.
I had never heard of the Kirkland Museum and neither had Mr. Not So Curious or the Not So Curious Children. But it is a treasure trove of Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau, Wiener Werkstatte, Bauhaus, Art Deco, Modern, Post Modern furniture, glassware, silver, ceramics, rugs, etc. etc. etc.
And when I say treasure trove, I am not kidding. It is chock a block filled with the most amazing objects. Lots of Frank Lloyd Wright, Vladimir Kagan, Rookwood Pottery. You name the big names in decorative art from the 1890’s to the present day and it is here.
So much stuff, in fact, that they are moving into a new building, which is just starting construction. And lo and behold, this new building is designed by my favorite architect in the whole world, James Olson of Olson Kundig architects. I did a post on him a few years ago on April 6, 2014. He is famous for residential architecture for art collectors, so choosing him to design a museum so filled with great art (including paintings by Vance Kirkland, a local Colorado artist, who died in 1981) is a great choice.
Here are some photos of some of the amazing pieces at the Kirkland and below, some photos of Olson Kundig architecture.
And now from some architecture:
The new Kirkland opens in the Fall of 2017 and we should be in Denver for Thanksgiving. Definitely on our list.