ON-Lion Letter
From February through May, the Milwaukee Art Museum's (MAM's) Accidental Genius exhibition celebrates the gift to the museum of the Anthony Petullo Collection, with the most extensive grouping of European self-taught art in America.  Comprising more than 300 artworks, the gift greatly enhances the MAM's holdings and establishes it as a leading American institution for self-taught art.  

Accidental Genius features works by many of the most-important European and American artists in the genre.

Self-taught artists typically explore and develop their skills independently, rather than within an academic setting or by adhering to any established artistic movements.  Several artists in the Petullo Collection are represented in great depth, allowing for a comprehensive examination of their work.

Petullo built his collection over a span of three decades.  Objects from his collection have been on display throughout the country, including a six-stop museum exhibition, and various objects have been loaned to museums and galleries around the world.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee substantially supports MAM.  The Accidental Genius exhibition in particular is supported by The Anthony Petullo Foundation, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, the Einhorn Family Foundation, and Donald and Donna Baumgartner.
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