Erika Holmquist-Wall

Erika Holmquist-Wall

Assistant Curator and Provenance Specialist

Department: Paintings

Current MIA Projects
  • Curating “Matisse: Masterworks from The Baltimore Museum of Art,“ opening at the MIA in February 2014.
  • Developing a proposed exhibition on German Expressionism in Midwest collections.
  • Producing an online exhibition, “Jean Clouet and the Birth of the Portrait Miniature,” exploring the historical context behind the MIA's Portrait of Princess Charlotte of France.
  • Coordinating the cataloguing of the MIA permanent collection of paintings.
  • Project manager, WWII provenance research of the permanent collection
  • MA, University of St. Thomas
  • BA, College of St. Catherine
Background/Work History

Minneapolis Institute of Arts since 2000

Specialty/Area of Interest

Nordic art history, early 20th-century European art, Group of Seven (Canada), Symbolism, Nazi-Era provenance issues, and the history and aesthetics of collecting art

Honors and Professional Associations


Selected Exhibitions and Projects
  • “The Mourners: Tomb Sculpture from the Court of Burgundy,” 2011
  • “Alexander Roslin and the Comtesse d’Egmont Pignatelli,” 2008
  • “Calling a Bluff: Ter Brugghen’s The Gamblers,” 2008
  • “A Mirror of Nature: Nordic Landscape Painting 1840-1910,” 2007
  • Cupid and Psyche: Neoclassical Visions of Love,” 2006
  • “Restoring a Masterwork II: Guercino’s Erminia and the Shepherds,” 2004
  • World War II provenance research
  • “Edvard Munch's Tragedy," Edvard Munch: Mystery Behind the Canvas, (Bremen: 2011)
  • “A French Countess and a Swedish King,” Alexander Roslin and the Comtesse d’Egmont Pignatelli (Minneapolis: 2008)
  • “Studie zu Improvisation 5: Die andere Seite der Geschichte,” Wassily Kandinsky: Portrait of a Painting (Munich: 2005)

(612) 870-3111
(department phone)