"Accidental Genius" exhibition features major gift to Milwaukee Art Museum

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artwork: Friedrich Schröder Sonnenstern (German, 1892–1982) - "The Demoness of Urgency (Die Dämonin der Eile)", 1958  - Crayon & colored pencil on paper 25 x 35 in. - The Anthony Petullo Collection - Photo credit: John R. Glembin -  © 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn


MILWAUKEE, WIS.- Accidental Genius: Art from the Anthony Petullo Collection, an original exhibition of modern self-taught art featuring more than two hundred works opened February 10th, and will be on view until 6th of May, at the Milwaukee Art Museum. The exhibition includes many of the most important European and American artists in the genre, and celebrates the significant gift of works by Milwaukee collector Anthony Petullo to the Museum. According to Museum Director Daniel Keegan, Accidental Genius will display over two-thirds of Petullo’s gift, which represents one of the most extensive groupings of modern self-taught art in any American museum or private collection. In all, over three hundred works were gifted to the Museum.