The Denver Art Museum unveiled a new exhibit in October 2013 titled Passport to Paris, which transports visitors to France through art from the 18th to 20th centuries. The exhibit includes work from some of the world’s most respected painters, such as Monet, Cezanne, Degas, and Renoir. In addition, visitors can view art produced by both Picasso and Van Gogh during their time in Paris. The exhibit features three separate shows: Nature as Muse, Drawing Room, and Court to Café. In these three shows, visitors will learn not just about changing perspectives on art in France during particular centuries, but also about how these changes reflect important historical events and general cultural shifts.
Passport to Paris focuses on art’s ability to reflect and comment on current societal milieu. During the selected time periods, France underwent major shifts and felt both the powerful, absolute monarchy of Louis XIV and the “café society” that upheld individualism as an ideal. In order to create a fully immersive experience, the professionals at the Denver Art Museum teamed with the Colorado Symphony, which has recreated the exciting sounds of Paris. In addition, the exhibition features hands-on activities that allow visitors to learn about French history and the unique culture that surrounds Paris as a European art capital.
In order provide an unforgettable experience, the museum has drawn on resources and collections from around the country. Dozens of masterpieces have come from the Wadsworth Atheneum collection in Hartford, Connecticut. The pieces largely comprise the Court to Café exhibition. Nature as Muse pulls artwork from the private collection of Frederic C. Hamilton that is on display to the general public for the first time. Drawing Room includes paper drawings and allows visitors to get an intimate look at these pieces, many of which come from the private collection of Dr. Esmond Bradley Martin.