One of the most important collections of German Expressionist prints in the nation, the Marcia and Granvil Specks Collection includes more than 450 prints by German masters including Erich Heckel, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Käthe Kollwitz, Emil Nolde, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, and George Grosz, among many others.
The Specks collection rotates throughout the year in a dedicated gallery.
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Works on view include the earliest surviving American-made chair; 18th-century Philadelphia furniture carved by "the Garvan Carver" and others; American and English ceramics; Chinese export porcelain; and American silver by Paul Revere.In January of 2017, local collectors Jim and Susee Wiechmann announced a promised gift of over 500 works by French artist Jules Chéret to the Milwaukee Art Museum.The Jim and Susee Wiechmann Collection is the largest and most comprehensive of its kind, featuring not only posters but also prints and drawings.Among the painters represented are Franz Seraph von Lenbach, Carl Spitzweg, Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller, and Franz von Defregger.The collection is also recognized for its extensive holdings of Biedermeier furniture and decorative arts that include important examples by well-known Viennese and Berlin craftsmen.
The clocks alone constitute the best collection of German Renaissance clocks anywhere outside of Germany.