WINONA, Mn. (Nov. 3, 2019) – The Minnesota Marine Art Museum (MMAM) in Winona, MN and its collecting partners Bob Kierlin and Mary Burrichter, unveiled four new artworks on long-term loan to the museum at a fundraiser event on Sunday evening, November 3, 2019. Two of the unveiled works, one by Giorgio de Chirico and another by Edward Mitchell Bannister will go on immediate display at the museum, while works by Max Pechstein and Emil Nolde are slated for a 2020 exhibition.
Greek-Italian painter Giorgio de Chirico (1888-1978) was highly influential to the surrealist movement. De Chirico is known for the eerie mood and unconventional perspectives in his work. His newly unveiled Cavallo Fuggente (Fleeing Horse)(c. 1938) captures the energy and independence of a horse in mid-stride, and is a prime example of de Chirico’s works at this time.
“All four of these artists’ works are welcome additions to the Museum,” states MMAM Curator of Collections Jon Swanson, “but the Georgio de Chirico is special for me. He is one of my personal favorite artists.”
Edward Mitchell Bannister (1828-1901) was an African Canadian-American artist that settled and made his career in Providence, Rhode Island. Despite success in his lifetime, he is largely forgotten to art history due to his race. However, Bannister’s work has grown in popularity and he celebrated today for his contribution. His lush Rhode Island Afternoon (1828) features a pastoral scene reminiscent of the French Barbizon school painters.
Great Mill Ditch Bridge (1922) by Max Pechstein (1881-1955) and Autumn Sea XII (Blue Water, Orange Clouds) (1910) by Emil Nolde (1867-1956) represent excellent examples of German Expressionism. Both pieces will be part of an exhibition of German works at MMAM in late 2020.
“We are excited to see the collection grow,” says MMAM Executive Director Nicole Chamberlain-Dupree, “as the range and diversity of the artworks grow, we can offer something for everyone to make a personal connection to.”
The Minnesota Marine Art Museum is a 501(c)3 nonprofit arts organization owned by its members. MMAM’s mission is to engage visitors in meaningful visual arts experiences through education and exhibitions that explore the ongoing and historic human relationship with water.