The first thing you see when you visit the Aspen Art Museum in Aspen, CO is its beautiful, deceptively simple new building which is a work of art in itself. It was designed by Japanese Architect Shigeru Ban, known for his innovative design and who is the recipient of many awards, including the Pritzker Architecture Prize, which is the most prestigious award for modern architecture. So you are immediately aware that you are entering an area that is completely devoted to contemporary art, both outside and in.
The Museum is a non-collecting contemporary institute, with revolving exhibits about every 2 to 3 months. The interior is spare with absolute white walls intended to focus on the art, which covers the full spectrum of mediums from drawing to installations. The gallery has a restaurant on the third floor with a marvelous view of the Colorado Mountains and town as well. There is a sculpture garden on the roof, also with a fabulous view of the surrounding landscape. The Museum offers family and public programs, educational venues, movies and tours, plus a variety of other events. And of course, there is a gift shop.
One of the most unusual and commendable aspects of this Museum is that it has free admission! Wow, that’s a first and sure makes you feel welcome to the Aspen Art Museum in Aspen, CO. This generous offer is a gift from Amy and John Phelan and clearly says, “Come one, come all” to enjoy art, have a bite to eat, and be inspired by creativity.