The Denver Art Museum: Evolving as a museum, cultural beacon and creative hub

  • Tuesday, April 18, 2017
  • 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Brown Palace 321 17th St.

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Nearing the 50th anniversary of the Gio Ponti-designed North Building, and more than a decade since the opening of the Frederic C. Hamilton Building, Christoph Heinrich will talk about the next milestone in the museum’s evolution. The museum team is excited to focus its attention on the North Building, one of the largest and most iconic objects in the DAM’s collection.

Over the years, the Denver Art Museum has experienced significant growth. Recent exhibitions including Star Wars and the Power of Costume and this summer’s upcoming The Western: An Epic in Art and Film and Fall’s Her Paris: Women Artists in the Age of Impressionism continue to attract more people to the museum and to Denver. Its outstanding exhibitions and programs have engaged more than 700,000 visitors annually and more than 113,000 children visited in the first year of the museum’s Free for Kids program. Collections continue to expand and are highlighted in thought-provoking, beautiful exhibitions. The Denver Art Museum’s world-renowned Learning and Engagement programs unlock creativity and critical thinking. The museum has received accolades locally and internationally for its scholarship and inventive programming.

The vision for the North Building’s revitalization is to complete the museum campus to service audiences reflective of our shared community; to illuminate our collections presenting exceptional exhibitions and interpretive offerings; and to deliver excellent programs in modernized spaces.

Christoph Heinrich, Ph.D., was named the Frederick and Jan Mayer Director of the Denver Art Museum in 2010, after serving the museum for two years as Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art. Since assuming the leadership role at DAM, Heinrich has encouraged live interactions with artists on site and enhanced opportunities for visitor creativity throughout the museum, including presiding over notable exhibitions Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century, Wyeth: Andrew and Jamie in the Studio, Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective and Becoming Van Gogh and Star Wars and the Power of Costume.

Before joining the DAM, Heinrich was at the Hamburg Kunsthalle, where during his 12-year tenure, he organized more than 50 exhibitions. Born in Frankfurt/Main, Heinrich attended the Universität Wien in Vienna, where he studied Art History, German Literature and Dramatics. He earned his MA and PhD at the Ludwig-Maximilian-Universität in Munich. A knowledgeable art historian, his publications range from contemporary public sculpture to 19th and 20th century painters such as Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh, Francis Bacon, Andy Warhol and Daniel Richter. His 2014 publication, Nature as Muse: Inventing Impressionist Landscape, highlighted the generous bequest of 22 impressionist works to the museum by former board chairman and longtime supporter, Frederic C. Hamilton.


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