The Menil Collection
In a city whose pleasures and treasures are not always evident, the internationally renowned Menil Collection is perhaps the ultimate hidden jewel, with a main building that's tucked away on a residential cul-de-sac. Opened in 1987, the long, low-slung gray clapboard building was the first U.S. commission by the Italian architect Renzo Piano, and rotating displays of art, in galleries bathed in soft natural light, range from the prehistoric to the present day. Piano's second U.S. commission was the adjacent Cy Twombly Gallery, another building set on the 30-acre tree-shaded campus of art installations, sculpture parks, and two art-filled chapels (the Rothko Chapel and the Byzantine Fresco Chapel Museum) that are integrated into the surrounding neighborhood. One satellite building is aglow with site-specific works in fluorescent light by the minimalist pioneer Dan Flavin. Dotting the campus, among many massive magnolia and live oak trees, are outdoor sculptures by Michael Heizer, Tony Smith, and Mark di Suvero.
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