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In Houston’s leafy Montrose district, the Menil Collection lies a stone’s throw away from Aesop Montrose, nestling in an artistic enclave among galleries, installations and the atmospheric Rothko Chapel.

As the Menil Collection observes a thirtieth anniversary, it is a pleasure to be among the audience for celebrations reaffirming art’s power to transform self and society.

Opened in 1987, the Menil campus was born out of Dominique and John de Menil’s philanthropic vision for a constellation of physical sites where art could be experienced by all, as part of daily life in a residential neighborhood. Comprising works from their personal collection, the museum continues this intention with a rotating program of complimentary-admission exhibitions housed in the Renzo Piano-designed Main Museum. The campus also includes the Cy Twombly gallery and Dan Flavin installation—immersive spaces permanently dedicated to the life and works of their respective artists.

To mark the milestone, the Menil has planned a series of exhibits, events and installations. Among the varied program, we look forward to 30 Works for 30 Years, a retrospective of sorts, traversing the entire campus. On view until January 28, the exhibition features thirty works that range from Native objects to surrealist and contemporary pieces; each selection sheds light on a different aspect of the museum’s evolution.

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