The Denver Art Museum's three-exhibit hit, "Passport to Paris," closes officially Sunday, but the show that made the biggest splash is sticking around.
"Nature as Muse," featuring the French Impressionist collection of local philanthropist Frederic C. Hamilton, will reopen Feb. 12 and remain on view through March 23. The show made headlines last month when Hamilton decided to donate the work, worth upward of $100 million, to DAM permanently.
Instead of having to pay $22 to see "Nature of Muse," the exhibition will be included with DAM's regular admission, which is $10 for Colorado residents.
Hamilton's donation of 22 pieces tripled DAM's Impressionist holdings and gave the museum its first works by Vincent van Gogh and Paul Cézanne, plus important examples from Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro, Edouard Manet and other superstar painters.
The paintings were due back to Hamilton at the beginning of March and then set to be returned to DAM upon his death. The museum had made duplicate prints of all the works for Hamilton during the loan.
But, he said, the paintings might just be left in DAM's care now. "As long as I have these reproductions, I'm not going to have empty walls."
Hamilton, 85, who made his fortune in energy, said he is working with DAM to create a permanent Hamilton gallery to show the Hamilton collection.
For more information, call DAM at 720-865-5000 or visit denverartmuseum.org online.