Arts / Museums

Houston’s World Renowned Museum Is Closing for Eight Months

But Its Celebrity Devotees Get a New Building to Ooh Over

BY // 06.14.17
photography Don Glentzer

Even one of the world’s most vaunted museums needs a facelift from time to time. The Menil Collection — one of the city’s most famed art destinations (even Beyoncé is a fan) — revealed today that it will close its Renzo Piano-designed main building for eight months to execute necessary repairs.

The Houston museum, which touts one of the world’s most significant architecture designs of the last 50 years — as well as fabled holdings of Surrealism, ancient art, modern and contemporary painting and sculpture, and African art —  is set to undergo floor restoration as well as an update of its fire detection system.

Following 30 years of wear and tear, the renovations will include sanding, staining, and sealing the building’s entire floor — a process that must be completed all at once given the floor spans the full length of the building, all of which is being funded by The Menil Collection’s $115 million Campaign for the Menil. 

But don’t grieve just yet. Patrons still have time to traipse through the art-filled venue as the Menil’s official closure won’t begin until February 26, 2018. The date follows the conclusion of the museum’s “Mona Hatoum: Terra Infirma” exhibit, which launches October 13 and lasts through February 25, 2018.

The much-anticipated Menil Drawing Institute, which is set to make its debut on the expansive grounds this October 7, will luckily provide some solace while the museum’s main attraction temporarily closes its doors.

The eagerly awaited Drawing Institute will be among the few institutions in the world devoted to the study, exhibition, and conservation of modern and contemporary drawings. Designed by L.A. boutique architecture firm Johnston Marklee, the intimate, 30,000 square-foot building, promises to be a pilgrimage site for art and architectural acolytes. Its price tag? A modest $40 million by modern museum standards.

Holiday Gifting

  • Oscar De La Renta - Earrings
  • Loeffler Randall - Clutch
  • Cle Du Peau - Nail Polish
  • Bond No 9 - Perfume
  • Mariquite Masterson
  • Mariquite Masterson
  • Cle Du Peau - Lip Gloss
  • Loeffler Randall - Shoes
  • Nocturne Studio
  • Oscar De La Renta - Clutch
  • Bond No 9 - Candle
  • Casa di Lino

The Cy Twombly Gallery, Byzantine Fresco Chapel, Dan Flavin Installation at Richmond Hall, Menil Bookstore, Menil Park, and Bistro Menil will remain open throughout the renovations.

Expect the Menil’s main building to be back in action Fall 2018, in time for its 31st year.

PaperCity arts editor Catherine D. Anspon contributed to this report.

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