Spanning from the prehistoric era to the present day, the Menil Collection grew out of personal and intellectual passions rather than encyclopedic ambitions. The heart of the collection are the 10,000 art works and objects gathered by founders John and Dominique de Menil.
Guided equally by spiritual, formal, and historical concerns, the de Menils assembled collections whose intersections confound expectations and demonstrate faith in art’s revelatory potential.
Nearly doubling in size since 1997, the collection now stands at some 17,000 works and continues to grow. The Menil is committed to deepening its relationships with artists already in the collection and augmenting its holdings in ways that resonate with the sensibilities of the collection and the museum’s mission.