Check out the latest photos of the Denver Art Museum expansion before it reopens over the weekend | New
The wait is over at one of the most significant synoptic collections in the western United States As part of the 50th anniversary celebration of its iconic Gio Ponti building, the Denver Art Museum (DAM) will officially reopen on Sunday after an investment of $ 150 million over four years. facelift and extension of the campus by Machado Silvetti and Fentress Architects.
The expansion was necessary to unify the Golden Triangle campus. A new visitor center is combined with the Hamilton building designed by Daniel Libeskind to form a less “distant” offering for a number of visitors which has almost doubled in the last ten years.
The upgrade plan focused on increasing space for the public as well as a corrected program which had to be rearranged after the introduction of the Libeskind building in 2006.
The photos reveal Asian art galleries relocated to Level 5 and an improved Jana & Fred Bartlit Learning and Engagement Center, moved from the basement to a much more vibrant two-level space. Another 20,000 square foot relocation of the Latin American Art and Art of the Americas Galleries occupies Level 4, while the remaining three levels serve as showcases for creative reimaginations of curating Western art collections, of DAM’s vaunted fashion, photography and aboriginal fashion.
A restaurant named after the building’s creator adds an architectural * chef’s kiss * to the museum’s 50,000-square-foot Sie Welcome Center.
“For more than three years, the north side of our campus has undergone a bold transformation to enhance the visitor experience while honoring and preserving the building’s historic architecture,” said Director Christoph Heinrich. “The events of the past year have reaffirmed the importance of art as a source of inspiration, healing and hope, and we look forward to presenting the museum’s global collections from a new perspective and providing new learning and engagement spaces with the reopening of the entire campus. “
Heinrich made a huge amount throughout his tenure to transform the museum and honor Ponti’s iconic work. a exhibition of the architect’s work will coincide with the reopening and will remain visible in the Level 2 design galleries of the Martin Building until 2022.
The Martin building: Campus completed. Video via the Denver Art Museum on YouTube.