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ENGI – Connecting with Everything

The atrium of the new Hamilton wing of the Denver Art Museum is home to a beautiful conceptual art installation by contemporary Japanese artist, Tatsuo Miyajima. His work, titled ENGI, takes the form of eighty mirrors set in the towering angled walls of the museum. Each mirror contains an LED (light-emitting diode) that projects a [...]

The Middle Path in a Thai Painting

The Denver Art Museum is a place to visit beautiful, thought-provoking works of art. It is also a venue for lectures, concerts and other activities, and much goes on behind the scenes to make all of this possible. One place where this work often goes unnoticed is in the Conservation Department. Specialists there treat [...]

Fragments of Empire – Assyrian Sculpture

The Asian art collection at the Denver Art Museum includes pieces spanning a period of over five thousand years. Many of the most ancient objects come from Mesopotamia, the region of western Asia between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, where many of the world’s first civilizations arose. The collection features bronze adornments, ceramic vessels and [...]

Artistic Dialogue between East and West

Over 70 students and faculty of Naropa University attended the 2nd China-America Faculty-Student Calligraphy Exhibit opening reception on January 16, 2009. Dr. Thomas Cobum, President of Naropa University attended praising the event as, “truly a dialogue between East and West, between traditional calligraphy and modern art.”
This unique exhibition contains the art work of teachers and [...]

A History of Asian Art at the Denver Art Museum

The Denver Art Museum traces its origins to the Artists’ Club, a small group of Denver professional artists who formed an art club in 1893 to encourage opportunities for exhibiting artwork. Although the Asian art department of the Denver Art Museum did not find a regular home until 1956, the Asian art collection itself dates [...]

Magical Ceremonial Kris from Indonesia

A Kris is no ordinary sword. This weapon has a steel blade, but is rarely used in battle. These swords are held in great esteem, even awe, and traditionally are used in almost every kind of formal ceremony and activity. Some are believed to be imbued with supernatural powers or to have spirits of their [...]

Parker Asian Festival’s third year of cultural excitement

The Parker Arts Council presents the 3rd Annual Parker Asian Festival, an afternoon of cultural entertainment and education, at the Parker Fieldhouse on Saturday, January 17th from 2pm to 6pm. This year’s entertainment includes the Colorado Asian Cultural Heritage Center’s spectacular lion dance, United Studios of Self Defense’s Kenpo technique demonstration, Mudra Dance Studio’s North [...]

The Ancient Japanese Art of Shibori

As a way to work through the death of her parents, Denver artist Jolene Fukuhara turned to shibori, a traditional Japanese art form of resist dyeing techniques. “Becoming involved in this particular art form gave me a way to turn uneasy, difficult emotion into a product of color, movement that’s visually satisfying; allowing unpleasant energy [...]

“Shashin” Copying the Truth in Old Japan

Currently on exhibit in the Lab at Belmar, the vibrant and imaginative art space in Lakewood, is a collection of fascinating views of traditional Japan - “Orientalist Photography: Japan in the Bakumatsu-Meiji Period, 1868 – 1912”.
The exhibition is curated by Mark Sink, photographer and private art consultant based in Denver, who twenty
years ago inherited a [...]

Body Politic: The Performance Art of Zhang Huan

The recent rotation in the Modern & Contemporary Department at the Denver Art Museum (DAM) has brought out many previously seldom-exhibited works from the permanent collection. Among them is one of the best-known photographs by internationally-acclaimed Chinese artist Zhang Huan, now on display on the 3rd floor of the Hamilton Building.

Zhang Huan, born in 1965 [...]