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1515 Sul Ross
Phone: +1-713-525-9400
Fax: +1-713-525-9444
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The Menil Collection

The Menil Collection opened in 1987 to preserve and
exhibit the art collection of John and Dominique de Menil. Considered one of the most important privately assembled collections of the twentieth century, The Menil Collection houses 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. Among the highlights of the museum are its Surrealist holdings, widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost collections of its kind. The Menil Collection displays selections from its permanent collection and regularly offers special exhibitions and programs to the public.

Acclaimed by critics as a triumph of modern architecture, The Menil Collection was designed by a joint venture of Renzo Piano/Building Workshop, Genoa, Italy and Richard Fitzgerald & Partners, Houston. The museum’s ingenious roof and skylight system, interior atrium gardens, and large windows fill the galleries with natural light, reflecting subtle changes of weather, season, and time of day. Throughout the museum, visitors find quiet, contemplative spaces, ideal for viewing art.


 Permanent Collection Highlights (15)

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Permanent Collection

The Menil Collection, which is operated by the Menil Foundation, Inc., opened to the public in June 1987 as the primary repository of John and Dominique de Menil’s private collection. One of the most significant of the twentieth century, the collection consists of nearly 15,000 works dating from the Paleolithic era to the present day. Although historically vast, it uniquely resists the conventional museum model of the encyclopedia. Instead, within the four areas that largely define the collection—Antiquity, Byzantine and Medieval, Tribal, and Twentieth-Century Art (with a concentration in Surrealism)—one finds a selective approach to acquisition that yields depth with regard to particular areas and artists.



THE MENIL COLLECTION 1515 Sul Ross Houston, Texas 77006
Menil @ 20: Exhibitions 2007
Tara Alcancia
tel 713 525 9469 press@menil.org

EVERYDAY PEOPLE: 20th-Century Photography
from The Menil Collection
January 26 — April 29, 2007

Curated by Franklin Sirmans, the Menil’s Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, EVERYDAY PEOPLE will present a selection of approximately 100 twentieth-century photographs from The Menil Collection, many of which on public view for the first time.
Beginning with the idea of an album, this exhibition explores the diverse ways that photographers have captured individuals in their seemingly native environments. Drawing from the tradition of Edward Steichen’s landmark exhibition “The Family of Man,

Previous Exhibitions

20th-Century Photography from The Menil Collection:
January 26 — April 29, 2007

CONTEMPORARY CONVERSATIONS: David Novros and The Menil Collection:
November 3, 2006 — March 4, 2007


Exhibitions (10)

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Forthcoming exhibitions

Three Houston Women:
March 16 — July 8, 2007

May 11 — August 19, 2007

de Menil Gifts to American and European Museums:
June 8 — September 16, 2007

form, color, illumination:
Susan Frecon painting: September 7 — December 9 2007

Bruce Nauman's Formative Years:
October 12, 2007 — January 14, 2008



Open free of charge

Opening hours

Museum Hours:
Wednesday – Sunday, 11:00 am to 7:00 pm

Prior to planning a visit, please call the main telephone number for up to date information, as opening hours or holiday postings could change.

Getting there

From north- or southbound US 59 take Shepherd exit. Turn north on Shepherd to West Alabama. Turn right on W. Alabama; travel 3/4 mile and cross Mandell. Museum parking on right off W. Alabama between Mandell and Mulberry.

From Downtown or Midtown area take Main Street and turn west on West Alabama; travel 1 mile and cross Mulberry. Museum parking on left between Mulberry and Mandell.

Parking at 1515 West Alabama



Complete Museum Guide:

Museum internal and external photos (5)

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News and events

The Menil @ 20

Marking its 20th anniversary, The Menil Collection presents special exhibitions, programs, and events throughout 2007 —
all free of charge.

The Menil Collection, housed in the first U.S. building designed by the architect Renzo Piano, opened its doors to the public on June 7, 1987.

“I have been asked many times whether this building corresponded to my dreams. It does. Actually it surpasses my dreams…

“The gifted artists are the great benefactors of the world. Life flows from their souls, from their hearts, from their fingers. They invite us to celebrate life and to meditate on the mystery of the world … Artists constantly open new horizons and challenge our way of looking at things.
They bring us back to the essential.


We invite you to become a member of The Menil Collection, Houston's internationally esteemed art museum. The creative human spirit is alive in our galleries, encompassing the art of ancient Greek and Roman cultures; the medieval and Byzantine worlds; the cultures of Africa, Oceania, and the Pacific coast of North America; as well as the art of our own time. In addition, remarkable temporary exhibitions are regularly presented in an award-winning architectural environment.

As a member, you will be supporting this community treasure. In addition, your membership contribution will entitle you to special benefits and privileges that are described on the Levels and Benefits page.

Please join us, securely online.



The Menil Collection is a not-for-profit organization that gratefully relies on our many friends to foster its important activities. Your support is vital to the museum’s mission and helps us share our collection, special exhibitions, and public programs free to our visitors from Houston and from around the world. Please consider making an online gift today.