Spanning the prehistoric era to the present day, the Menil’s 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 that John and Dominique de Menil gathered from the 1940s until Mrs. de Menil’s death in 1997 (he died in 1973).
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. The links on this page take you to nine different areas of special interest with the opportunity to see and learn more.
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.