Denver Art Museum receives $ 25 million to form Department of Textile Art and Fashion
An anonymous donor has donated $ 25 million to the Denver Art Museum (DAM) to support its textile art and fashion department, the museum announced today. The money will allow DAM to set up a new textile art and fashion institute, which will be headed by Florence Müller, who since 2015 has been the museum’s future curator of textile art and fashion. Fifteen million dollars of the transformational gift will provide an underlying endowment for scholarships and programming, including restoration and maintenance of the collection, while the remaining $ 10 million will go to an endowment fund supporting new acquisitions for the department.
“Fashion and textiles are exciting for me and our audience because they are so accessible – everyone has fashion and textiles in their home and in their everyday life,” Müller said in a statement. “This gift will allow us to build on the museum’s superb collections and tell more stories with them.”
DAM’s Textile Art and Fashion Department was created in 1927 with the donation of a Saltillo serape and a Kashmir shawl, and was officially created in 1955. In 2016, the department was endowed by the Avenir Foundation and the following year the gallery housing his collection, on the sixth floor of DAM was renovated. The collection, which grew considerably under Müller’s leadership, includes some five thousand objects from Asia, Europe and the Americas, with textiles ranging from archaeological fabrics to contemporary fiber work, and clothing spanning those from the 18th century to those of today. .
“The museum is deeply grateful for this important and powerful endowment donation,” said Christoph Heinrich, Frederick and Jan Mayer director of DAM in a statement. “The goals of the new institute are to support the development and sharing of the museum’s textile art and fashion collection and to create a base for academic research and exchange in ways that are engaging and valuable to our community. Textiles have been wonderful ambassadors and connectors between diverse cultures for thousands of years. They were used to communicate ideas and stories, share religious beliefs as well as notions of style and taste. Then as today, they are among the most beautiful documents of human creativity.