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on the left is a black and white photo of Monet painting and on the right is a black and white photo of Debussy at the piano surrounded by people
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Monet & Debussy: Titans of Impressionism

Editor's Note: In conjunction with Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature, Colorado Public Radio has launched a new series of blogs exploring Monet and music.

If Claude Monet is the titan of Impressionist art, his counterpart in music is Claude Debussy. Just don’t call Debussy an Impressionist.


black and white photo of Claude Monet painting in his studio
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Celebrate Monet's Birthday at the DAM November 14

The DAM will celebrate famed French Impressionist Claude Monet’s birthday in conjunction with the exhibition Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature. All Monet birthday celebration activities are included in general admission, which is free for members and youth 18 and younger. The Monet exhibition requires a separate dated and timed ticket. More

gallery view of Claude Monet The Truth of Nature
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5 Tips for Meandering through the Monumental Monet

Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature features 124 paintings in three sizable exhibition galleries on two floors—a veritable marathon for the eyes, mind, and imagination. Here are some tips for looking closely and pacing yourself through the large exhibition. More

William Bob Cat Cousins in safety vest and construction helmet in the Martin Building
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'Bobcat' Cousins Exemplifies Martin Building Workers' Dedication

As the Martin Building renovation project gears up for completion, we wanted to acknowledge the hard work and attention to detail by the hundreds of workers on the project. One of them, William “Bobcat” Cousins, also worked on the Hamilton Building 13 years ago. More

photo from video with Sarah Melching and Angelica Daneo in front of 2 framed Monet pastel artworks on a table in the conservation lab
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Video Provides Close Look at Monet Pastels

In this video Angelica Daneo, Chief Curator and curator of European art before 1900, discusses two Monet chalk pastels made early in the artist's career. And Sarah Melching, Silber Director of Conservation, shows how the museum protects and preserves these artworks with specially engineered glass and microclimate envelopes.

See these artworks in Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature October 21, 2019-February 2, 2020. The Denver Art Museum is the sole U.S. venue for this exhibition.


The Garcia Family and the 2018 DAM Community Day of the Dead altar.
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Contribute to the DAM's Day of the Dead Altar

At Untitled Final Friday, October 25, 2019

For the third year in a row, the DAM is commemorating Day of the Dead with an altar created by local artist David Ocelotl Garcia and his family. Day of the Dead, or Día de los Muertos, is a holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and Latin America that celebrates and commemorates the lives of those we’ve lost. More

black and white photo of Claude Monet in a white suit and hat in his garden at Giverny
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10 Fun Facts about Monet

Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature is at the Denver Art Museum October 21, 2019-February 2, 2020. Buy your ticket today, and enjoy these fun facts about the artist and the exhibition.

1. Monet features more than 120 artworks from 65 different cities across 5 continents.


Pam Skiles and Christoph Heinrich standing in front of a painting of fishing boats placed on an easel
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Assessing the Varnish on Monet's Fishing Boats

Watch this video with senior paintings conservator Pam Skiles and DAM director Christoph Heinrich to learn why Monet disliked varnish on his paintings and to hear about some of the considerations that go into conserving paintings at the DAM. More

impressionist painting of a row of fishing boats and fishermen on a beach
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Plan Your Visit to the Monet Exhibition

October 21, 2019-February 2, 2020

Questions about parking, directions, accessibility? Read these tips and know before you go. We can't wait to welcome you for this only-in-Denver exhibition! More

circular portrait of Edward Fiennes de Clinton, 1st Earl of Lincoln, with the words invidia touquet autorem above his head
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5 Things You’ll Learn at the Tudor Symposium

September 12, 2019, 9:30 am-6 pm

The DAM’s department of European and American art before 1900 is hosting an international symposium on portrait painting in Tudor England. Learn more about the groundbreaking research that will be presented and reserve your tickets today. More

Dakota Hoska
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News from the Native Arts Department at the Denver Art Museum

The Native arts department is pleased to share the following news about recent events. Stay tuned for updates about when you can see more of the American Indian, African, and Oceanic art collections when the Martin Building reopens. More

Monet's painting The Rock Needle Seen Through the Porte d'Aval
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A Geologist's Take on Monet

In a recent Monet Moment blog, we heard from senior interpretive specialist Stefania Van Dyke about developing the adult audio tour for Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature (October 21, 2019-February 2, 2020). Stefania mentioned how she interviewed people from outside of the Denver Art Museum as a way to gather unique perspectives on Monet’s paintings. More

One of Monet's paintings of water lilies
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Denver Botanic Gardens' Curator of Aquatic Collections Discusses Monet's Waterlilies 

Claude Monet’s paintings of his waterlily pond at Giverny are some of his most renowned works. The Denver Art Museum will have a dozen of these paintings on view in Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature (October 21, 2019-February 2, 2020). To prepare for the exhibition, I talked on site with Tamara Kilbane, curator of aquatic collections at the Denver Botanic Gardens, about their Monet Pool. More

The words Inside Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature superimposed on a detail of Monet's painting called Waterlilies and Japanese Bridge
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DAM Curators Discuss Monet's Life & Work 

In this video, Christoph Heinrich, Frederick and Jan Mayer Director, and Angelica Daneo, Chief Curator, discuss Monet's travels and motifs. Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature opens October 21, 2019. Tickets are now on sale. More

painting of Monet's garden and home
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Curator’s Choice: Monet-Inspired Instagram Contest

Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature opens at the Denver Art Museum on October 21, 2019. This summer, in anticipation of this exhibition (the largest and most comprehensive Monet presentation in the U.S. in more than two decades) we invite you to participate in an Instagram photo contest for the chance to win a grand Monet exhibition-themed prize!


Clock that is made in the shape of an eye
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Time to Check Out the Clocks in Serious Play

On View through August 25, 2019

Today is the summer solstice, the longest day of the year with 14 hours and 59 minutes of daylight. Since we're thinking about time passing today, we invite you to celebrate the solstice by visiting the whimsical clocks currently on view in Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America. The exhibition features 12 clocks (11 of which are shown on the wall above), each a playful design in bright colors and surprising materials.


Analyzing the paint sample with a handheld XRF spectrometer
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Conserving an Ancient Roman Bust of Apollo

See it in The Light Show

Preparing for The Light Show exhibition gave the Denver Art Museum the opportunity to delve deep into its collection to find artwork and artifacts related to the theme of illumination. It was therefore fitting that a marble bust of Apollo, the God of Light, the Sun, Music, and Prophecy, was selected for a prominent place in this show.