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Menil Collection, The

1515 Sul Ross Street
Houston, Texas

Phone: 713-525-9400 --

Statement of Purpose:

The Menil Collection opened in 1987 to house, preserve, and exhibit the art collection of Houston residents John and Dominique de Menil.

Considered one of the most important privately-assembled collections of the twentieth century, The Menil Collection includes approximately 15,000 paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, photographs, and rare books.

Masterpieces from antiquity; the Byzantine and medieval worlds; the tribal cultures of Africa, Oceania, and the American Pacific Northwest; and the twentieth century are particularly well-represented.

Designed by Piano & Fitzgerald Architects, Houston, a joint venture of Renzo Piano/Building Workshop, Genoa, Italy and Richard Fitzgerald & Partners, Houston, the museum is also renowned for its innovative architecture and the contemplative beauty of its naturally-illuminated galleries.

Highlights & Collections:

In keeping with the de Menils' collecting practices, The Menil Collection continues to acquire in-depth holdings of works by selected artists and to create special environments for their display.

In February 1995, The Menil Collection, in collaboration with the artist Cy Twombly and Dia Center for the Arts, New York, opened the Cy Twombly Gallery, an exhibition space designed by Renzo Piano that houses a permanent installation devoted to Twombly's work.

The Menil Collection is currently preparing its exhibition annex Richmond Hall for the installation of the last major light sculpture by Dan Flavin.

From antiquities to contemporary art.

Exhibits & Special Events:

Famous for his gestural paintings and prolific drawings, Cy Twombly also created a significant body of sculpture greatly inspired by the Dadaists and, above all, Alberto Giacometti. “Cy Twombly: The Sculpture,” at The Menil Collection, presents 65 of the artist’s three-dimensional works (including “Untitled, Bassano in Teverina,” above, 1979), which use a variety of media, including plaster, bronze and found objects. (713) 525-9400.


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Admission & Directions:

The Menil Collection is located in Houston's Museum District at 1515 Sul Ross. The Cy Twombly Gallery is located across the street from the museum at 1501 Branard. Both are open to the public free-of-charge Wednesday through Sunday, 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. The Menil Collection Bookstore, located at 1520 Sul Ross, is open Wednesday through Friday, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm, and Saturday through Sunday, 11:00 am to 6:45 pm. For further information about The Menil Collection please call 713-525 9400 or visit the museum's website: www.

Within immediate walking distance of The Menil Collection are two independent institutions of interest to visitors--the Rothko Chapel and Byzantine Fresco Chapel Museum. The Rothko Chapel is located at 3900 Yupon at Sul Ross and is open to the public free-of-charge every day from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. For further information or to schedule a group tour please call 713-524-9839. The Byzantine Fresco Chapel Museum is located at 4011 Yupon and is open to the public free-of-charge Wednesday through Sunday, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.


Key Personnel:

Ned Rifkin, Director

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