Erika Holmquist-Wall

Chief Curator and Mary & Barry Bingham Sr., Curator of European & American Painting & Sculpture


Erika Holmquist-Wall is a specialist in 19th and 20th-century Nordic art and design. In addition, she has established an international reputation as one of a handful of advanced specialists in the field of provenance research, with an emphasis on World War II-era spoliation issues.

Holmquist-Wall joined the Minneapolis Institute of Arts in 2000 as a Curatorial Assistant in the Department of Paintings and Modern Sculpture. In 2007, she was promoted to Assistant Curator of Paintings. In addition, she served as the museum’s Provenance Specialist, where she oversaw all research related to the ownership and acquisition of the museum’s collections. During her tenure, Holmquist-Wall curated a number of exhibitions for the MIA, including The Mourners: Tomb Sculptures from the Court of Burgundy in 2011, Alexander Roslin and the Comtesse Pignatelli in 2008, A Mirror of Nature: Nordic Landscape Painting, 1840-1910, and most recently, a suite of four dossier exhibitions on Henri Matisse that supplemented her most recent curatorial venture, Matisse: Masterworks from the Baltimore Museum of Art. She is a strong advocate for collections preservation, creating two popular exhibitions centered around the public restoration of major paintings by Guercino in 2004 and Max Beckmann in 2013.

A native of Iowa, Erika received her BA in the History of Art and Classics from the College of Saint Catherine and her MA in Art History from the University of St. Thomas.