- Article by: MARY ABBE , Star Tribune
- Updated: September 17, 2013 – 7:53 AM
Launched a mere seven years ago on the banks of a quiet Mississippi River channel in Winona, the Minnesota Marine Art Museum always hinted that it wanted to be more than just a small-town showcase for seascapes.
That ambition took full sail this weekend with the private unveiling Sunday of seven new pictures by marquee names — including a $4.5 million painting by J.M.W. Turner and a rare Gauguin — plus a $1.1 million gallery in which to show them.
The new works join what is already a blockbuster collection of Monets, Cézannes and a Van Gogh. Leading art scholars are finding their way to Winona and declaring the improbably grand collection “world-class.” READ MORE