The Art of Collecting is now open!
June 16th - September 18th, 2016
Milwaukee, WI (June 2016) – The Charles Allis Art Museum is excited to present our most recent comprehensive exhibition highlighting the history behind selected objects from the Charles Allis Art Collection. Some objects you may recognize, some you may not as the Allis collection is far too large for all the art to be on display at any given time. The exhibition features paintings, works on paper, and sculpture, as well as documentary materials relevant to the work of art’s provenance-written correspondence, contracts, receipts, etc. Many works of art from our collection have interesting back-stories, and through this exhibition we want to share them with the public. Charles and Sarah Allis spent a good part of their lives collecting art from around the world. The museum is a testament to their love of all things beautiful and worldly, but rarely do we get the chance to show the process behind how they came to have such an exquisite art collection.
About the Charles Allis Art Museum
Designed by prominent Milwaukee architect Alexander Eschweiler for Charles Allis, the first president of Allis Chalmers, and his wife Sarah in 1911, this unique Tudor-style mansion and art collection was built with the sole purpose of bequeathing it to the public to delight, educate and inspire. The permanent collection features 19th Century French and American Paintings, Chinese and Japanese porcelains, Renaissance bronzes, Japanese netsuke, and original antique furnishings.