Current Loans

American Art Deco: Designing for the People, 1918–1939

  • The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO:  July 9, 2022–January 8, 2023

Kirkland Museum is a major lender to this exciting traveling exhibition, sending 93 Art Deco objects. The exhibition investigates a dynamic period in American history and culture when the country and its citizens went through political, economic, social, and artistic transformation and revolution. From stylish decorative art objects to products of industrial design, modern American paintings to compelling photographic images, the multi-media works of art in this exhibition reflect both the glamour and optimism of the 1920s and the devastation and escapism of the 1930s.

Previous stops were the Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, NE: June 5, 2021–September 5, 2021; the Frist Art Museum, Nashville, TN: October 8, 2021–January 2, 2022; and the Wichita Art Museum, Wichita, KS: February 12, 2022 – May 30, 2022.

Danse Moderne Jazz Plate designed by Viktor Schreckengost (1931)
Danse Moderne Jazz Plate, 1931, designed by Viktor Schreckengost

Gio Ponti: Designer of a Thousand Talents 

Denver Art Museum
Opened October 24, 2021

This exhibition is one of the inaugural exhibitions in the Martin Building’s new design galleries, showcasing objects from the museum’s architecture and design collection and highlighting the work of Gio Ponti (1891–1979), one of the most inventive Italian architects and designers of his time.

Kirkland Museum is loaning furniture and ceramic pieces from its International Decorative Art collection, including a chair from the Pallazzo per Uffici Montecatini and the spectacular tiled console table.

Ponti Palazzo Chair
Chair from the Palazzo per Uffici Montecatini, Milan, 1936, designed by Gio Ponti

Kirkland Museum as a Lending Institution

Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art’s collections of over 30,000 works are attractive to other prestigious institutions locally, nationally and internationally. Loaning, publishing and exhibiting are three ways Kirkland Museum gains exposure for Colorado art and international decorative art. Sharing our works exposes the richness and breadth of the Museum’s three collections to new audiences.

Loans have been an important part of Kirkland Museum’s mission since before the institution opened to the public in 2003, and continuing now. Kirkland Museum’s Founding Director & Curator Hugh Grant began curating exhibitions for Vance Kirkland (1904–1981) in 1976. Many organizations have borrowed several times from Kirkland Museum. Mr. Grant and the Museum have loaned to around 100 institutions including:

  • Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado
  • Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, Norman, Oklahoma
  • Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, Georgia
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California
  • Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
  • The Wolfsonian, Florida International University, Miami Beach, Florida

European Tour

From April 24, 1997 through February 25, 2000, selections of Vance Kirkland paintings traveled to 13 institutions (11 museums and 2 exhibition halls) in 10 European countries, organized by Hugh Grant. All 5 of Kirkland’s painting periods were represented in all 13 exhibitions, demonstrating the strength of his entire career. 11 of the 13 exhibitions were accompanied by a published catalog. The exhibitions at the Kiscelli Múzeum in Budapest, Museum of Modern Art in Vienna and National Museum of Art, Lithuania were the first all-American artist exhibitions to be held at those institutions.

  • Kiscelli Múzeum (Fóvárosi Képtár), Budapest, Hungary
    April 24–June 1, 1997
  • Museum of Modern Art (Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien), Vienna, Austria
    July 4–September 15, 1997
    Exhibition from the Denver Art Museum including 43 paintings by Vance Kirkland.
  • The State Gallery of Poland (Państwowa Galeria Sztuki), Sopot, Poland
    October 3–27, 1997
  • National Museum of Art (Nacionalinis M.K. Čiurlionio Dailès Muziejus), Lithuania, Kaunas
    November 14, 1997–January 11, 1998
  • Latvian Foreign Art Museum (Latvijas Ārzemju Mākslas Muzejs), Riga, Latvia
    January 23–February 28, 1998
  • The Czech Museum of Fine Arts (České Muzeum Výtvarných Umění), Prague, Czech Republic
    March 25–May 17, 1998
  • Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Germany
    June 16–August 2, 1998
  • National Museum in Warsaw (Muzeum Narodowe w Warszawie), Warsaw, Poland
    November 27, 1998–January 31, 1999
  • Sala Parpalló, in the Museum Complex of València, Spain
    May 4–June 13, 1999
  • Museum of Fine Arts (Szépmüvészeti Múzeum), Budapest, Hungary
    May 18, 1999–February 2000
  • Stadtmuseum, Düsseldorf, Germany
    July 3–August 22, 1999
  • Fondazione Mudima, Milan, Italy
    September 6–October 7, 1999
  • The State Russian Museum, The Marble Palace, St. Peterburg, Russia
    January 20–February 25, 2000