One of Houston’s most beloved museums is the Menil Collection, an art museum housing the private collection of art collectors John and Dominique de Menil. The museum houses over 17,000 paintings, sculptures, rare prints and drawings, photography, and even rare books from some of the most famed artists of the 20th century including Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollack and Marcel Duchamp. Aside from the private collection of the de Menils, the museum is home to rotating exhibits. Earlier this year, the Menil Collection closed its doors for renovation, much to the dismay of art-loving Houstonians.
Just this week, however, the museum has finally announced when it will reopen its doors to the public: the Menil Collection will reopen Saturday, September 22nd, the first day of autumn. Some of the renovations include upgrades to fire safety systems, restrooms, and new hardwood floors. Many of the exhibition spaces were also reconfigured in order to make room for the museum’s ever growing collection.
Menil Director Rebecca Rabinow says the “subtle yet substantial refreshment” will build on the continuing legacy of the Menil Collection as Houston’s beloved home for the visual arts:
I speak on behalf of the entire staff when I say that we are proud of what we have achieved and look forward to welcoming visitors from around the world as they rediscover the magic and the beauty of the Menil Collection. Not only do the galleries honor the extraordinary legacy of John and Dominique de Menil, but they also illuminate the impressive growth of our permanent collection. We actively collect and reaffirm our commitment to living artists.
The Menil Collection is located at 1533 Sul Ross Street and is open Wednesday through Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Best of all for Houstonians looking to experience the best of Houston’s art scene on the cheap, the museum is always free to the public.