The Milwaukee Art Museum will be moving its art library, archives and related programs to the historic Judge Jason Downer mansion on Prospect Avenue. In preparation for this transition, the Museum library and archives is now closed and will reopen as the newly named Milwaukee Art Museum Research Center in Spring 2017.

Anthony Petullo Collection History


Graphic: Fliegen-Wald from by Adolf Wölfli

Adolf Wölfli (Swiss, 1864–1930) Fliegen-Wald, ca. 1921 Pencil and colored pencil on paper
19 3/4 × 26 1/4 in. (50.17 × 66.68 cm)
Gift of Anthony Petullo M2012.272 Photo credit: Larry Sanders

The Anthony Petullo Collection greatly enhances the Milwaukee Art Museum’s holdings of self-taught material. Petullo, a retired Milwaukee businessman, built his collection over a span of three decades, acquiring works by the most important European and American artists in the genre. The Petullo Collection’s strength is in European self-taught art and represents the most extensive grouping of this work in any American museum or private collection. Petullo’s intention from the outset was to build a personal collection that would complement the Museum’s holdings, and his gift now firmly establishes the Milwaukee Art Museum as a leading American institution for self-taught material.