The MADDEN Museum of Art announced the opening of INSPIRED BY ART: The Building of a Legacy, which showcases the artwork collected by John & Marjorie Madden during their 50 years of world travel, exploration, philanthropy and office building development.

The exhibit, which highlights works from notable Italian, Chinese and American artists such as Chen Chi, Harry Marinsky, Robert Rauschenberg, Thomas Hart Benton and Daniel Sprick, is the first time this uniquely personal collection has been presented to the public in its entirety. A large collection of 19th century Italian – Macchiaioli paintings will also be featured. From the objects of their desires to their methods of collecting, this exhibition represents John and Marjorie Madden’s lifelong passion, yet manages to transcend personal significance through its scope of artists and genres.

This permanent installation is the sum of 50 years of collecting and is curated by Museum of Outdoor Arts’ Executive Director and co-founder Cynthia Madden Leitner. The opening celebration will feature traditional Irish fare, cocktails and refreshments, and Celtic themed entertainment.

INSPIRED BY ART: The Building of a Legacy is one of Denver’s only free private art collections and is open to the public Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. There will be an Opening Reception on Saturday, March 16, 6 – 9 p.m. that is open to the public. The MADDEN Museum of Art is located at 6363 S. Fiddler’s Green Circle, Greenwood Village.

John Madden formed the John Madden Company, a real estate development business, in the mid 1960’s, which continues to operate today. The Madden’s have ties to Omaha, Sanibel / Captiva and call Denver home.

The MADDEN Museum of Art exists to inspire and make art accessible to the community through exhibitions, education, and enjoyment. The MADDEN Museum of Art is dedicated to advancing knowledge of and passion for art by preserving, exhibiting and interpreting art of enduring attribute. Visit