We didn't really have the time to visit the museum exhibits since our main destination on our short weekend tour was at Italian Festival, but as we arrived in Milwaukee and drove through the downtown area to find a parking spot we turned down Wisconsin Street and were almost overwhelmed by what to me look like the tail of a giant white whale.
As we continued to drive a little north there was a great spot to stop near an Abraham Lincoln statue to take the first of probably a half dozen or so outdoor pictures of the museum and then after we parked at a nearby park and started walking toward the festival several indoor pictures on the entrance and the main hall. You don't need to pay until you go into the exhibit area, so all the pictures you see here were free of charge.
The next time we get to Milwaukee this will be on our tour list. For now enjoy the pictures I have posted here and in the travelogue.
MAM's permanent collection highlights a wide range of artistic styles and periods and is the first art museum that I have visited that has a large section of German art which makes sense because of Milwaukee's large German population. There is also a large section of decorative art, folk art, modern art and African art.
The European arts, renaissance, impressionism, baroque are covered but those collections are small, a room or so devoted to each.
The MAM is just as well known or perhaps more well known for it's architecture, the white concrete Quadracci Pavilion opened in 2001 was designed by architect Santiago Calatrava, his first completed project in the United States. The cable bridge looks like a sailboat, fitting as the museum is on Lake Michigan.
It's a very nice collection in it's own right, situated on 4 floors, and now even more enjoyable to visit because of the new entrance and addition that was designed by renowned Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. It is his first design in the US. Go to simply see that, stay for the art.
additonal $6 Special events, like the Pissaro one I saw.
Open 7 days a week, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. except Thursday, open until 8 p.m.
Last ticket sold at 4:45 p.m. daily
(7:45 p.m. Thursday).
The newer Milwaukee Art Museum is constantly on lists of the greatest archetectural buildings in the United States. The museum officially opened on May 4, 2001 and is the first building in the US designed by Santiago Calatrava. The building itself is definitely a reason to visit although the art is nice too! The reception hall boasts 90 foot glass walls and has a special roof that can be opened and shut. If you are driving downtown, along the lake you'll certainly notice this unique building.
While MAM cannot compare to the art museums in the bigger cities (think New York, Chicago, etc) it has an exceptional collection for a city this size. There are constantly new and changing exhibits as well as permanent galleries. I was pleasantly surprised to find many works of art that I had seen in books and/or works by artists that I admire. One of the great ongoing exhibits is the Bradley Collection. Mrs. Bradley gifted MAM with her astounding collection of French fauves, German Expressionists, Minimalists, etc. When I was there, I especially enjoyed a large exhibit of Georgia O'Keefe's work. I have also noticed that MAM also is always host to a large collection of beautiful furniture.
Whether coming for the building or the art (or heck, both!) you are sure to be amazed.
The Milwaukee Art Museum has been hosting some very interesting travelling art shows. In summer 2005, there was an interesting exhibit of Degas bronze sculptures. And in the fall, the museum hosted "Rembrandt and His Time," which included a slew of rarely seen drawings from the Albertina Museum in Vienna, as well as the first-ever American showing of a rare Rembrandt landscape painting, "The Good Samaritan," on loans from the Czartoryski Museum in Cracow.
My most recent visit was in February 2007 to see an exhibit of the work of 20th century British painter Francis Bacon. Pretty bleak stuff - but I think he was a real master, and his dark work looked particularly brilliant in the bright exhibit space of the Calatrava addtion.
The collection is modest, but each piece is unique and powerful. The museum has a good number of pieces by big-name artists, such as Rodin and Monet. At the right is my favorite sculpture from the MAM - it's called "The Last Spartan."
The Milwaukee Art Museum is great fun. It has a variety of art - everything from 18th Century classics to modern installation art - and the building itself, which looks like an elegant ship about to set sail on the outside, and something out of 2001: A Space Odyssey on the inside, is definitely worth a look. Don't miss the creepy little yellow dude trapped under a chair on the second floor - he's my favorite. Gave me nightmares for a week. Prices are very reasonable - I believe it's $4 for students, and about twice that for regular priced admission for adults.
New Santiago Calatrava-designed addition of the Milwaukee Art Museum. There are over 20,000 works of art in this museum and the location alone is worth the price of admission. The museum ,also, has a wonderful restaurant in the lower level that serves a nice variety of food while over looking the lake.
I just stayed few hours in this city.My friend traveldave took me from Chicago to see Milwaukee and we walked on downtown and visited few interesting places of the city;including the Art Museum,the City Hall,some nice churches and the lakefront.So I haven't too many good pictures of the city.
One of best places to visit in Milwaukee it is the new Art Museum,it was designed by spanish architect Santiago Calatrava and is a very modernist building.Inside you can see some very good exhibitions.
This is a picture of Milwaukee Art Museum.
Don't leave Milwaukee until you've at least entered the Milwaukee Art Museum and peeked inside. On most days when the wind isn't too bad the wings are elevated, and they appear impossibly graceful, lighter than air. The whole Calatrava addition is like a dreamscape, clad entirely in white, like being inside a giant translucent whale. With wings. When people first witness the MAM addition their reaction is always "wow." This is what you thought the Year 2000 would look like when you were a kid.
The museum not only has a nice permanent collection and interesting temporary exhibits, but boasts an incredible expansion designed by world famous architect Santiago Calatrava. It is Milwaukee's most beautiful building and, in my opinion, what Milwaukee can be most proud of. Find more details about it at the website I indicate below.
The Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM), better known as the Calatrava, is a masterpiece of architecture. It was top rated in the design category in Time's Best of 2001.
It is nicknamed the Calatrava after the Spanish engineer-architect Santiago Calatrava. This guy is truly amazing!
Time describes it better than me, "For his first completed work in the U.S., Calatrava provided a showstopping new addition for the Milwaukee Museum of Art. His low-slung extension is crowned by a supreme statement, the upward arc of his brise de soleil. It's a sunscreen with "wings" made of 72 steel-pipe ribs. They rise and fall from a diagonal spine like a bird on an ascending flight path."
What a wonderful addition to the Milwaukee lakesore.
The museum is open 7 days a week, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and costs a measly $6.
The War Memorial/Milwaukee Art Museum. (It's the same building.)
There is a new wing designed by Calatrava that is meant to look like a wing or a sail. It's cutting edge architecture, and I'm so proud that Milwaukee took the chance on building it.
Oh, and it's nice to see the art, too.
The museum has a limited collection, but what is there is great fun and very visually stunning. Definitely worth seeing if you enjoy art with a clever twist.
The building itself was beautiful. I personally love modern buildings. They have artwork from alot of famous American artists like Andy Worhal and Georgia O'Keefe along with other decorative items.