MillerCoors Donates Mural to Pabst Mansion
a Tale of Two Murals:
MillerCoors Donates Historic Painting to THE Pabst Mansion
MILWAUKEE, Wis., GOLDEN, Colo. (March 26, 2009) – In recognition of the 173rd birthday of Captain Frederick Pabst on March 28th, MillerCoors today announced it will donate “The Art of Brewing” mural to the Captain Frederick Pabst Mansion. The historic mural was part of an original collection of artwork commissioned by Pabst. The former Miller Brewing Company headquarters on Highland Avenue had been the home of the historic mural for more than seven years.
“MillerCoors is honored to donate ‘The Art of Brewing’ to the Pabst Mansion,” said Mike Jones, vice president of corporate affairs for MillerCoors. “We know our founder, Frederick Miller, held high esteem for his brewing colleague Frederick Pabst, and we are pleased to extend that regard by providing the return of the original mural to the Pabst Mansion.”
The history of the mural dates back to 1893 when Captain Frederick Pabst commissioned Hermann Michalowski to create a collection of two large murals for his office -- each measuring 11 by 5 ½ feet -- which captured his love for brewing. The two paintings celebrate the culture of beer trade in the 19th Century:
· “The Art of Brewing” illustrates a group of cherubic characters hard at work in the enterprise of making beer.
· “Pabst Brought to the East” tells the tale of young sailors bringing Pabst beer to Japan.
Following the death of Captain and Mrs. Pabst and the sale of the Pabst estate, “The Art of Brewing” painting was in various locations until it came under the ownership of Miller Brewing Company, now MillerCoors, which had it installed at the corporate headquarters in Milwaukee. “Pabst Brought to the East” was eventually acquired by the Captain Frederick Pabst Mansion in Milwaukee and installed there.
The Captain Frederick Pabst Mansion will host an Open House to view both murals on Saturday, March 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“We want to thank MillerCoors for the generous donation and we welcome the return of ‘The Art of Brewing’ to our collection,” said Dawn Hourigan, executive director of the Captain Frederick Pabst Mansion. “We are counting the days, anxiously awaiting the arrival of the mural!”
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About the Captain Frederick Pabst Mansion
World famous beer baron Frederick Pabst chose the site for his new home on a tree-lined thoroughfare and, when completed in 1892, the Pabst Mansion represented new levels of sophistication in design. Over the next one hundred years the Mansion witnessed the rich history of the city of Milwaukee and has remained a constant in a changing urban landscape. Today the Captain Frederick Pabst Mansion stands as one of Milwaukee’s great architectural landmarks. This award-winning historic museum boasts stunning interiors, elegant original furnishings, elaborate wall coverings, exceptional wood craftsmanship, intricate ironwork, brilliant stained glass, and an impressive fine arts collection.
Internationally known, the Pabst Mansion represents the epitome of America’s Gilded Age splendor in Milwaukee. Captain Frederick Pabst Mansion, Inc. is a private, non-profit historic museum dedicated to the restoration of the Pabst Mansion and the preservation of the Pabst family legacy and their impact on the history and culture of the Greater Milwaukee community.
The Pabst Mansion regular hours are Monday-Saturday 10:00am-4:00pm and Sunday noon-4:00pm. The Pabst Mansion’s regular admission fees are Adults $8, Seniors/Students $7, Children 6-17 $4, Children under 6 are admitted free. If you have additional questions please contact Dawn Hourigan at (414) 931-0808.