Collections

  • Architecture, Design & Graphics
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    Architecture, Design & Graphics

    The architecture, design, and graphics collection features modern and contemporary architecture, furniture, and industrial and graphic design, and showcases designers and movements from this period. Also in the collection are works from the Middle Ages to the 1900s that represent major developments in style, form, material, and technique in European and North American furniture and decorative arts. More

  • American Indian Art
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    American Indian Art

    The American Indian art collection represents the artistic works of nearly every tribe across the United States and Canada and all artistic traditions created within these cultures from prehistoric times to the present. It offers visitors the opportunity to experience the artistic vision of generations of American Indian artists from across North America. More

  • Textile Art & Fashion
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    Textile Art & Fashion

    Textile Art & Fashion Gallery, Level 6, North Building (CLOSED)

    The textile art and fashion gallery, thread studio, and PreVIEW Open Window on level 6 of the North Building closed on May 28, 2017. This is an early step toward realizing the North Building revitalization project. More

  • Pre-Columbian Art
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    Pre-Columbian Art

    Jan & Frederick Mayer Galleries of Pre-Columbian & Spanish Colonial Art, Level 4, North Building (OPEN) Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Study Gallery of Pre-Columbian Art, Level 4, North Building (CLOSED)

    The Denver Art Museum's pre-Columbian collection represents nearly every major culture in Mesoamerica, Central America, and South America. More

  • Spanish Colonial Art
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    Spanish Colonial Art

    Jan & Frederick Mayer Galleries of Pre-Columbian & Spanish Colonial Art, Level 4, North Building

    Notable for its cultural and temporal range and artistic quality, the Spanish Colonial collection of the Denver Art Museum is the most comprehensive collection in the United States and one of the best in the world.  More

  • Asian Art
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    Asian Art

    The Denver Art Museum's Asian art collection originated in 1915 with a donation of Chinese and Japanese art objects from a single passionate collector and has broadened to include works from the entire Asian continent. Spanning a period from the fourth millennium B.C. to the present, these objects illustrate the wide-ranging achievements of Asian artists and artisans.

    NOW ON VIEW: See artworks from the Asian art collection in the following exhibitions. More

  • Modern & Contemporary Art
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    Modern & Contemporary Art

    Bonfils-Stanton Modern and Contemporary Art Gallery, Levels 3 & 4, Hamilton Building

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  • Oceanic Art
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    Oceanic Art

    Joan & George Anderman Gallery of Oceanic Art, Level 3, Hamilton Building (CLOSED)

    The Oceanic art collection includes an array of art forms from the South Pacific region and is especially strong in art from the geographic regions of Melanesia and Polynesia. This collection of more than 1,000 pieces includes important historic monumental sculpture, delicate bark cloth, intricate wood carvings, and the work of contemporary artists such as Mathias Kauage and Laben Sakale. More

  • African Art
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    African Art

    The African art collection consists of approximately 1,000 objects—older works and new ones by contemporary artists. Focused on the diverse artistic traditions of Africa, it includes rare and exquisite works in sculpture, textiles, jewelry, painting, printmaking and drawings. Although the strength of the collection is west African art, with emphasis on Yoruba works, there are important masterpieces from all regions and mediums of expression including wood, metals, fibers, terra cotta, and mixed media compositions. More

  • European & American Art
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    European & American Art

    European & American Art Galleries, Level 6, North Building

    The department of painting and sculpture oversees the European art collection before 1900 and the American art collection before 1945. Together they include more than 3,000 artworks and are composed of painting, sculpture, and prints. More

  • Photography
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    Photography

    The photography department is recognized for its extensive holdings of nineteenth-century work, notably of the American West. Collectively, the museum’s works of early photography reflect both the achievements of the medium’s outstanding practitioners and the shifting environmental attitudes of nineteenth-century Americans. The collection also has strong holdings of European and American modernist photography.

    Level 7 Galleries Now Closed; Upcoming Exhibition & Ongoing Lectures More

  • Western American Art
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    Western American Art

    The Petrie Institute of Western American Art (PIWAA) governs the western American art collection, which encompasses two centuries of paintings, sculptures, and works on paper related to the West. Additionally, PIWAA promotes scholarship in the field through exhibitions, annual symposia, and publications.

    See select modernist works from the western American art collection on view in the Dietler Gallery on level 2 in the Hamilton Building. More