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The Menil Collection

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by Geoff Edlund (subscribe)
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Published June 9th 2013
The Menil Collection was established by John & Dominiqu de Menil, who were connected to the oil services company Schlumberger, Ltd. They were key figures in the arts and culture scene and history of Houston, and the Menil Collection was opened to the public in 1987.

The Menil Collection
The Menil Collection


The building is steel and glass, with louvers and skylights. The collection is split in to rooms for the separate historical periods or art movements, and the gallery includes atriums that let in filtered light. The lawn contains a work by Michael Heizer entitled 'Isolated Mass/Circumflex (#2)'.

Isolated, The Menil Collection
Isolated Mass/Circumflex (#2)


The western side of the gallery includes Byzantine, and surrealism works. The eastern side is antiquities, african, and pacific islands artefacts. There are also temporary exhibits that run each season. A public program with guest speakers and lectures is held every week or two throughout the year.

The gallery is at 1515 Sul Ross Street, and is open Wednesday to Sunday from 11am to 7pm. It is free to enter.
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Why? An inspring art collection in Houston.
When: 11:00 a.m – 7:00 p.m.   Wednesday – Sunday
Phone: 713-525-9400
Website: www.menil.org
Where: 1515 Sul Ross Street, Houston
Cost: Free
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