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Current Loans

Modern Living: Gio Ponti and the 20th Century Aesthetics of Design

Georgia Museum of Art
June 10–September 17, 2017

Kirkland Museum is loaning Gio Ponti's 1941 Tiled Console Table to the exhibition.

Over the span of a remarkably prolific career of nearly 60 years, Ponti (1891-1979, Italian) created important works of architecture (including the first skyscraper in Italy), furniture, decorative art and industrial products, using both traditional and modern materials and techniques. He designed the North Building of the Denver Art Museum, and was the father of modern Italian design. This exhibition will present more than 50 objects, representing some of Ponti’s most outstanding pieces of furniture and decorative objects from the beginning of his career in the 1920s through the 1950s, borrowed from American museums and private collections.

Modern Dutch Design

The Wolfsonian–FIU, 1001 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida
November 18, 2016–June 11, 2017

Kirkland Museum is loaning two chairs by Gerrit Rieveld, the Zig Zag Chair and the Red/Blue Armchair (pictured above), to the exhibition.

During the period 1890–1940, the Netherlands built a reputation—which it still holds today—as a center for innovative design. In addition to loans such as ours, Modern Dutch Design draws from The Wolfsonian’s extensive collection of Dutch furniture, decorative arts, design drawings, posters and bookbindings, in order to examine the evolution of design in the Netherlands during these decades. The exhibition focuses on how Dutch designers, architects, and artists responded to radical shifts in social and political life, worked to promote international travel and trade, and found inspiration in the cultures of the country’s overseas colonies, as they developed a succession of unique styles. A catalog is available for purchase.

Kirkland Museum as a Lending Institution

(Loans of art works to 105 institutions, since 1976, when Hugh Grant became curator):

Many of these organizations have borrowed several times from Kirkland Museum. This is one of three ways Kirkland Museum gains exposure of Colorado art and international decorative art, along with getting it published and exhibited—keeping Colorado and regional artists, in addition to decorative art, displayed at Kirkland Museum.

Colorado (56 institutions in 18 cities and towns):

National (32 institutions in 20 states):

International (17 institutions in 11 foreign countries, not including United States listed above):