Cozied up beside the Denver Art Museum, the Clyfford Still Museum is arguably Denver’s smallest, most specialized and most unique museum. When Clyfford Still, a noteworthy and prolific Abstract Expressionist painter, died in 1980, his will stipulated that his estate be given in its entirety to an American city willing to establish a permanent museum dedicated solely to his work. Denver stepped up to the plate. Nearly a quarter of a century after Still’s death, the deal was sealed, and the Clyfford Still Museum was born.
The building, which was designed specifically for this one artist’s work opened in 2011.
It holds 95% of the artist’s lifetime output – some 3,125 paintings and other works that he created over six decades between 1920 and 1980, the majority of which have never been exhibited, including 825 paintings, 2,351 works on paper, three sculptures and archives.
The Museum hosts a rotating series of exhibitions, drawn from the collection and designed to enhance public understanding of Still’s significant role in the evolution of American art and to explore various aspects of Still’s life, career and creative output.