Denver Art Museum Named One of World’s Best “New” Museums by Condé Nast Traveler’s 2022 Hot List

The Denver Art Museum has been selected as one of the best museums in the world, in league with Antwerp, Belgium’s Momu and architectural marvels such as the Munch Museum in Oslo and the Murakami Library in Tokyo.

The honor, awarded in a May 3 list from Condé Nast Traveler, was among the magazine’s World’s Best New Museums: 2022 Hot List. While the Denver Art Museum has been around in one form or another since 1893, Condé Nast reviewed the nearly five-year, $175 million renovation and addition project that was recently completed and decided that it was enough to justify the nickname “new museum”.

The magazine noted that the museum reopened in late 2021 with new interconnected galleries, pavilions and restaurant.

“Smithsonian in scope, the campus’ eight-story Martin Building – designed by Italian modernist Gio Ponti, and the world’s first high-rise museum when built in 1971 – offers an ambitious look at the art of the Americas” , according to the 2022 Hot List. midday.”

In praising the “revolutionary new space,” writer Adam Graham also noted the views and connection to the mountains, which frame the museum and the city of Denver itself in an aesthetically appealing way.

“Dedicated contemplative spaces invite visitors to reflect on the collection’s highly emotional pieces, while Ponti’s peekaboo diamond windows and a sunlit roof offer a glimpse of the Rocky Mountains, the very landscape that has inspired and forged many works of art. art that fill this groundbreaking new space,” he wrote.

The museum guide is part of the 26th edition of the Condé Nast Traveler Hot List. “At its core, it’s still a list of hotels – a whopping 96 made the cut this year, which is a true testament to the resilience of the industry. But because (almost) no hotel is an island, we’ve broadened the focus to include the restaurants, culture, transportation and cruises you need to know about, and destinations that are reinventing themselves,” the editors wrote. in the intro.

The Denver Art Museum is a major driver of tourism and foot traffic in the Civic Center Cultural Complex, which includes the Colorado Historic Center and the main branch of the Denver Public Library in the Golden Triangle neighborhood, just south of downtown. The nonprofit institution, with a collection of more than 70,000 items, welcomed 625,941 visitors in 2019, according to an annual report.

Museum director Christoph Heinrich told the Denver Post in October that number had jumped to about 800,000 annual visitors over the past two years.

Read the full list at cntraveler.com/story/best-new-museums-in-the-world.

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