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Menil, Dominique de

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role Collector Patron
dates 1908–1997
city Houston
stateTX
other citiesNew York; Paris;
gender F
historical notes Dominique de Menil was an art collector and philanthropist, she was married Jean (later John) de Menil in 1931, and in 1941, left France, settling in Houston.

Dominque and her husband created the Menil Foundation in Houston, Texas, and built an art collection which ranged from Etruscan art to Cycladic sculptures, Byzantine bronzes, African tribal art, Surrealist paintings and contemporary art of their time.

The Menil collection concentrates on three genres/periods of art; they are Antiquity, Byzantine and Medieval, Tribal, and Twentieth-Century Art. The collection includes work by Cezanne, Ernst, Twombly, and Rothko. The Rothko Chapel was founded by John and Dominique de Menil and was dedicated in 1971 as an intimate sanctuary available to people of every belief.

Mrs. de Menil commissioned the Italian architect Renzo Piano to build a museum to house their collection, the museum opened in 1987.
decades
of activity
1940-1950
1950-1960
1960-1970
1970-1980
1980-1990
websitehttp://www.menil.org
updated 03/13/2017 04:18
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The Museum of Modern Art Artist file: Menil, Dominique de; miscellaneous uncataloged material. see details...
The Museum of Modern Art Subject file: Menil Collection (Houston, Tex.): miscellaneous uncataloged material. see details...
Archives, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston James Johnson Sweeney correspondence, 1961-1967.
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Archives, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Eduardo chillida retrospective, exhibition files,
1964-1968.

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Archives of American Art Frank and Eleanor Freed papers, 1923-1990.
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Pennsylvania University Correspondence from Edward F. Fry, 1961.
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Archives of American Art Marc Moldawer, Kathryn Swenson and Robert Wilson interview, 1984 Aug. 15.
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Archives of American Art Alvin S. Romansky interviews, 1979 Sept. 17. see details...
Archives, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Philippe de Montebello reader files, 1969-1973.
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see also:
Menil, John de