Denver Art Museum (DAM) will reopen the renovated Martin building (formally known as the North or Ponti building) to the public on October 24th, 2021.
The renovation project began in 2012 which involved planning, fundraising for the North building, and preservation of existing priceless artifacts.
DAM houses more than 70,000 art pieces divided between 12 permanent collections. Frederic C. Hamilton's building is one of the modern architectural marvels that opened in 2006. This building is designed with cantilevered portions and jagged protrusions all clad in titanium that beautifully reflects the Colorado landscape.
The North building was first opened in 1971. It is the only building in North America that was designed by legendary Italian modernist architect Gio Ponti. Continuing Ponti's legacy and on its 50th anniversary, the museum decided to revitalize the building. The seven-story high-rise would be adjacent to the Hamilton building and grand addition to the Golden Triangle Creative District of Denver, offering stunning city and mountain views.
While doing the planning and research, the team studied Ponti's original drawings and took all measures to maintain Ponti's original vision with his signature style and architectural elements. Ponti's design of all angles and unique windows (more than 200) had been included in the building.
Lanny and Sharon Martin have donated a magnanimous amount of $25 million, the largest donation in the museum's history to renovate the Martin building, thus naming the building after them.
The building will showcase artworks from medieval and modern European artists, indigenous art of North and Latin America, including Asian art. The museum aims to deep dive and fuse elements of architecture, art, and photography, making it available for the community.
The building is all set to have a grand opening on October 24, 2021, with their in-house caterers offering a wide range of options to delight guests.
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