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“Modern Art in a Modern Space”

The Menil Collection
Ranked #11 of 312 things to do in Houston
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: A legacy of the philanthropists John and Dominique de Menil, the Menil Collection opened in 1987. The museum presents regular rotations of artworks from its growing permanent collection, organizes special exhibitions and programs throughout the year, publishes scholarly books, and conducts research into the conservation of modern and contemporary art. The Menil Collection’s main museum building, the first building in the United States designed by Renzo Piano, anchors a parklike 30-acre campus, which also includes the Cy Twombly Gallery, a site-specific Dan Flavin installation, the Byzantine Fresco Chapel—now a venue for long-term installations by contemporary artists—and outdoor sculpture. The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and charges no admission fee.
Reviewed April 23, 2013

This museum/art-warehouse is a focal point of an airy and spacious campus in Houston’s Museum District. Its modernistic facade mirrors its neighboring low-slung bungalows in a subdued gray sheathing interrupted with vast panes of glass and punctuated by white-painted steel trusses and sinuous rooflines. Inside, its collection of 20th-century paintings, prints, sculptures, photos, drawings, and other oeuvres includes works by Picasso, Matisse, Duchamp, Rothko, Warhol, Pollock and many others. We're thrilled to see such pivotal works of modern art on display in such a tranquil and intimate setting. No photography is allowed inside the museum. There's an on-site bookstore, but we had run out of time. Ample parking is a short and pleasant walk away on West Alabama Street. We like everything about the Menil except its limited weekend hours and its lack of an on-campus café or bistro.

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Reviewed April 17, 2013

They have a little bit of everything so it is sure to appeal in some way to everyone. It is definitely worth going through since it is free. Some exhibits appealed to me more then others.

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Reviewed April 16, 2013

Didn't expect a free museum to have such quality works. A casual visit turned into an uplifting experience. Enjoyed both the modern art and the primitive art. Also walked to the Cy Twombly exhibit in another building and enjoyed the paintings with bright colors there. The Rothko chapel is interesting but a bit depressing since the huge paintings are dark brown/black.The free admission enticed us to check out the museum, the quality enticed us to make a contribution.

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Reviewed April 10, 2013

Lovely setting with free parking. Amazing collection of many types of art, sculpture, antiques, in many time periods and styles. And the price is right!

1  Thank WorldTripperTexan
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

The Menil Collection is one of the great hidden art treasures in Houston. I love the over-sized jack sculpture in the grass by the walkway to the museum. I took a friend who is not into any type of art at all. It was "way too out there" for him. But, for me, I enjoy the various forms that modern art can take. I will definitely go again!

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