Madden Museum of ArtJohn W. Madden, Jr. and the John Madden Company, LLC (JMCO), is credited for developing Greenwood Village as we know it today. Before John Madden moved to Colorado from Nebraska, the area of Greenwood Village was largely farm and ranch land. John Madden, through his company the JMCO, developed the most of the office buildings and cultural facilities in the area. This growth continued for decades and still continues today. Notable developments are the Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatere, an outdoor concert venue built in 1982, and the Palazzo Verdi building built in 2008, where the Madden Museum is located. As a real-estate developer and the owner of the Palazzo Verdi building through his company, John Madden had the unique opportunity to design the roughly 5,000 square foot art museum to house his then private art collection.Seeing the importance of merging the arts and business, John Madden founded the Colorado Business Council for the Arts in 1985 to encourage other business leaders to support community arts and programs. Visit https://cbca.org/ for more information about this organization.The Madden Museum of Art exhibits many of the prized pieces from John and Marjorie Madden’s 50 years of collecting and selected works from the University of Denver Art Collection. John and Marjorie’s legacy began with the intent of giving to the community and continues through John’s substantial gift of the Madden Collection towards the University of Denver in 2016. Through this gift, students from the University gain hands-on experiences in curation, collections care, exhibit design, museum management and research.
Exhibiting DU-owned artworks in Greenwood Village plays a role in expanding the University’s community presence and ensures the university's commitment to increasing the display of its collections while using them as an active educational resource for all.
Location and DirectionsMadden Museum of Art
6363 S. Fiddler’s Green Circle
Greenwood Village, CO 80111Light Rail Directions
Take the E-or F-line going south and get off at the Arapahoe at Village Center Station. From there, walk west. The Museum is located within the Palazzo Verdi building at 6363 S Fiddlers Green Circle. The entrance is on the north side of the building.Driving + Parking Directions
From the North: From I-25, exit Orchard Road, go east. Take a left on Greenwood Plaza Bvld. heading south. Take a left at S. Fiddler’s Green, and then a right at the next stoplight. The Palazzo Verdi building is straight ahead. Please park in the lot directly west of the building marked "Museum and Restaurant Parking."
Palazzo Verdi Building
The Palazzo Verdi building, designed by Fentress Architects, was to be an office building with several unique characteristics. The ground floor was designed as a special events venue incorporating a large atrium, an onsite restaurant named Mangia Bevi, and the Madden Museum of Art. The atrium is a grand welcome to visitors of the Palazzo Verdi building. It houses three monumental artworks all commissioned by the John Madden Co. and the Museum of Outdoor Art and built into its overall design. These site-specific artworks act as a major attraction to art lovers and those looking for a unique event venue.
A three-story mural by Todd Siler titled Ascension spans from the floor to ceiling is made up of overlapping large swatches of brightly colored painted fabric. The work is inspired by the passage, "To see the world in a grain of sand//And a heaven in a wild flower//Hold infinity in the palm of your hand//And eternity in an hour" from William Blake’s poem, Auguries of Innocence. Siler’s interpretation uses gradation of yellows at the base to dark reds at the ceiling that encourages the visitor’s eye to move upward to the next grand artwork commissioned for the building.
The 48-foot Chandelier Chardin by Lonnie Hanzon hangs from the center of the ceiling dropping an astonishing 48-feet. It forms a cylindrical cone made up of antique and contemporary glass. LED lights are incorporated into the chandelier that can alternate colors and be programmed to change with music. At its lowest point, a single crystal dangles purposely aligned to the center point of the artwork below.
The third spectacular artwork is a 42-foot wide replica of a 13th-century labyrinth from Chartres Cathedral, France is installed in the floor. The replica was created in Colorado marble, and hand-cut and installed artist Roger Leitner. The three artworks purposely work together to incorporate the idea of sacred geometry.