The Minnesota Marine Art Museum (MMAM) is a confluence of the past and the present. It is with this in mind that we present to you six new 19th and early 20th century acquisitions, as well as contemporary work by emerging artists Samantha French and Rhea Pappas. These new historical acquisitions include beautiful American works by Louis Lang, Jervis McEntee, and Edward Cucuel, a vibrant modern abstraction by Oscar Bluemner, and significant pieces by two profoundly influential European artists: Edgar Degas and James McNeill Whistler. Four of the six new works — including the McEntee, Bluemner, Degas and Whistler — are currently on display. The paintings by Lang and Cucuel will be on display beginning in mid-November. Here is a link to the news article about these remarkable new acquisitions:
When you stop by to experience the new Whistler and Degas, you may also notice something new in the European gallery. One of the Minneapolis Institute of Art’s (Mia) signature pieces, Paul Cézanne’s Chestnut Trees at Jas de Bouffan (c.1885-1886), is currently on display at the MMAM. This temporary loan is in exchange for the MMAM’s Paul Cézanne, titled The River (c. 1881), which is currently on display at Mia in their temporary exhibition, Delacroix’s Influence: The Rise of Modern Art from Cézanne to van Gogh.
The Minnesota Marine Art Museum’s contemporary exhibition program is also as vibrant as ever. We couldn’t be more excited to announce a periodic emerging artist series titled, Surfacing, which will launch this October with the work of Minnesota-connected artists Rhea Pappas and Samantha French. An exhibition catalog will be available for purchase in conjunction with their respective solo exhibitions. In addition, the Museum will bring the artists to the Museum for a free program and an opening reception on October 22nd.
We hope that you find a piece of the past or present that inspires you during your next visit.
Andrew J. Maus, Executive Director
Photograph by James A. Bowey