The always free Menil Collection is a destination for the grounds as much as the art. In 1987, Dominique and John de Menil gifted the city with an array of art ranging from antiquities to the surreal in a building designed by Italian architect, Renzo Piano. Seven months ago, the main building closed so the pine floors could be refurbished after 30 years of wear and tear. On Saturday, September 22nd, the doors to the Menil Collection will reopen at 11 am with new works on display as well as sentimental favorites. Highlights include works from Africa and the Pacific Islands, plenty of contemporary art, and my personal favorite, Byzantine icons.
The Menil campus in Montrose also includes four smaller buildings within walking distance from each other with plenty of benches and green space for enjoying the outdoors.
- For bold splashes of color on giant canvases, check out the Cy Twombly Gallery across from the Menil Collection.
- Enjoy a moment of zen inside the Rothko Chapel.
- The dark windows of Richmond Hall hide the colorful, fluorescent light-filled interior designed by Dan Flavin.
- Try and count all the portraits of Roman saint Fabiola in the Byzantine Fresco Chapel.