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1533 Sul Ross St.
Houston, TX 77006
713-525-9400
Closed Now
Wed–Sun 11am–7pm
Free Admission
1533 Sul Ross St.
Houston, TX 77006
713-525-9400

Menil

Modern and Contemporary at the Menil

Mar 24 – Nov 19, 2021
Main Building

The Menil Collection’s founders, John and Dominique de Menil, had an enduring interest in abstract art. Like their mentor Father Marie-Alain Couturier, they believed that if art no longer had to depict the world around them, it could offer a window to the sublime. “We are cluttered with images,” Mrs. de Menil once explained, “and only abstract art can bring us to the threshold of the divine.”

Although not all of the artists represented in the current installation were concerned about spirituality in their practice, the primacy of form, color, line, gesture, and light—the hallmarks of abstraction—are fundamental and offer unconventional ways for the viewer to see the world. The installation begins with works by Alexander Calder and Piet Mondrian that the de Menils collected in the mid-20th century and concludes with loans and recent acquisitions by Suzan Frecon, Theaster Gates, Mona Hatoum, and Roni Horn.