Permanent Collection - Denver Art Museum

The Museum’s American Indian art collection is internationally renowned, and its pre-Columbian and Spanish Colonial art collection is outstanding. Other collections include painting and sculpture, Western American, Asian, architecture, design and graphics, modern and contemporary, and textile art.

Architecture, Design & Graphics: The Museum has made a strong commitment to collect Modern design and architecture (post 1750); in particular, contemporary applied arts (post 1960). The department's primary collecting areas are decorative design, functional craft, industrial design, architecture, and graphic design.

Asian: This collection, reflecting the rich diversity and wide-ranging artistic expression of a complex area of the world, is displayed geographically and thematically. Visitors can see one of the very few Tibetan sand mandalas ever preserved for permanent viewing. The Museum features exceptional collections from the Near and Middle East, India, Tibet, Nepal, China, Japan, and Korea.

Institute of Western American Art: Three extraordinary masterworks--Frederic Remington's bronze The Cheyenne, Charles M. Russell's In the Enemy's Country, and Charles Deas's Long Jakes--anchor the encyclopedic collection of the Institute of Western American Art at the Denver Art Museum. As a department of a general art museum, the Institute's acquisitions, exhibitions, and publications are focused primarily on the esthetic quality and art-historical context of the art of the American West and the development of a distinctive perspective on the art of the American West.

Modern & Contemporary: With a wide representation of local, regional, national and international artists, visitors can enjoy works by Alexander Calder, Jim Dine, Mark di Suvero, Damien Hirst, Vance Kirkland, Robert Motherwell, Claes Oldenburg, Andy Warhol, and many others. The holdings of the modern and contemporary art department also include photography and the Herbert Bayer Archive.

Native Arts: Representing the art of three continents, this renowned collection includes the arts of the indigenous peoples of North America, Africa, and the Pacific. The internationally acclaimed American Indian collection includes all artistic traditions across the United States and Canada and features such art forms as Pueblo pottery, Navajo weavings, Plains beadwork, Eskimo ivories, Northwest monumental sculpture, and California basketry as well as a growing collection of contemporary Indian art work.

New World (Pre-Columbian and Spanish Colonial): The galleries showcase over 5,000 objects from the cultures of Central, South and Mesoamerica. 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, are on view.

Painting & Sculpture: Presented by theme rather than chronologically, this collection features some of the most beloved names in art history. American favorites include Mary Cassatt, Edward Hicks, Winslow Homer, Georgia O’Keeffe, and many more. A fine selection of European art includes works by Renaissance masters as well as paintings by Edgar Degas, Henri Matisse, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, and Pierre Auguste Renoir, to name a few.

Textile Art: The scope of the department, whose collections range from Coptic and pre-Columbian textiles to contemporary works of art in fiber, overlaps culturally and chronologically with all but the Native Arts Department. A nationally-recognized collection of American quilts and coverlets, the Julia Wolf Glasser Collection of samplers, and the Charlotte Hill Grant Collection of Chinese Court Costumes are among the strengths of the department. The Textile Gallery presents changing focus exhibitions drawn from the permanent collection, and textiles are incorporated into displays in the Asian and New World galleries.

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