Houston Community News >> Menil Collection in Houston

7/22/2007 Houston - Houston is home to many attractions. This makes it a great place to visit for a week or for just a weekend. If you only have a short time to spend in Houston you must be selective in where you go. One place that you should visit is the Menil Collection. keep reading and learn why this attraction should be on the top of any art lovers list.

The Menil Collection is among the best private art collections in the country if not the world. The collection was put together by Jean and Dominique de Menil who arrived in this country in the forties. They came here to escape the war in Europe and began purchasing and commissioning works of arts in Houston. They contributed much to the city and helped to bring much culture and history to the area. Their private collection includes works of art from a variety of categories. They have art in the areas of antiquity, Byzantine and medieval art, tribal art and 20th century art. The main collection is housed in a building designed by Renzo Piano and it is so large that only a portion of it can be displayed at any one time.

In addition to the main building there are also four satellite buildings, the most famous of witch houses 14 paintings by Mark Rothko. There is also the Byzantine Fresno Chapel Museum, a museum housing the works of Cy Twombly and Richmond Hall which house a neon light installation from Don Flavin. As you can see, there is a lot to take in. The Menil Collection in Houston is very extensive and has something for everyone. It is definitely worth a visit.

If you would like to visit the Menil Collection Museum you can find it at 1515 Sul Ross St in Houston Texas. You should call for current hours at 713-525-9400 before going as they are closed a few days a week. Have fun.

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