Playing Favorites: Spotlight on the Petullo Collection


Friedrich Schröder-Sonnenstern (German, b. Lithuania, 1892–1982), The Demoness of Urgency (Die Dämonin der Eile), 1958.

Crayon and colored pencil on paper. 25 × 35 in. (63.5 × 88.9 cm). Gift of Anthony Petullo M2012.204.

Photographer by John R. Glembin. © 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn


  • October 8, 2022–April 23, 2023

  • The Anthony Petullo Gallery, Mezzanine Level, Gallery K122

  • Free for Members

  • Included with admission

Ten years ago, the Milwaukee Art Museum became a leading institution in North America for American and European self-taught art. With Playing Favorites, we celebrate the large gift from the local collector Anthony Petullo that catapulted the Museum to this distinctive position. This special installation features more than 20 drawings and paintings by self-taught artists such as Minnie Evans, Martín Ramírez, Alfred Wallis, and Adolf Wölfli, including some of Petullo’s favorite works from his 2012 gift and others he is lending from his personal collection.

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