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When John and Dominique de Menil acquired this drawing from Greek gallerist Alexander Iolas, "Human Hand and Petrified Butterflies (Main humaine et papillons pétrifiés )" (1931 ), by #Surrealist artist #MaxErnst , the butterfly at the top center had been lost. The couple sent the work back to Ernst himself, who crafted a new butterfly and returned it to the de Menils. This work is currently on view in our #Surrealism galleries.
After a brief closure to replace the ceiling's sailcloth, the #CyTwombly Gallery will reopen to the public tomorrow, April 17 and regular hours will resume. We look forward to welcoming you back Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
This painting from our collection, "Such is the Way to the Stars (Sic Itur Ad Astra )" (1962 ) by #HansHoffmann is currently on view at @bampfa in Berkeley, California. "Hans Hofmann: The Nature of Abstraction" features paintings and works on paper from 1930 through the end of the artist's life in 1966. See the exhibition through July 21, 2019. #MenilontheMove
#Surrealist artist #MaxErnst completed these drawings in 1930 and 1931, a period when he returned to making collages from scraps of found paper enhanced with pencil and watercolor. At this time he was also developing the character of Loplop, and anthropomorphic bird creature often interpreted as the artist's alter-ego. The silhouetted four-fingered hand or glove sometimes stands in for the bird, as in this selection. "The Prince Consort" (1931 ), pictured here in the center, features both Loplop and the hand/glove. See these works on paper on view now in our #Surrealism galleries.
For the first time, #YvesKlein 's "Blue Rain (Pluie Bleue ) (S 36 )" (1961 ), pictured here on the right, is on display in our main building. Tomorrow, April 14, at 3 p.m., join Curatorial Assistant Haley Berkman Karren for a discussion on this work and the reinstallation of the #Menil 's contemporary galleries this past fall. Free and open to everyone.
The #Menil 's Matter/Framer Mina Gaber was extraordinarily busy preparing for the reinstallation of the main museum building last September. You may have caught a glimpse of her studio from the sidewalk on Branard Street. Members are invited to a rare opportunity to have a behind the scenes tour inside the space tomorrow, April 12, in this week's noontime talk.
The curious titles of #RoniHorn 's massive drawings on view in the #MenilDrawingInstitute reflect the fact that these works are not representative of a physical form or singular idea. Using words like "yet," "or," "through," and "else," the artist refuses to characterize the content of these works, using words that modify rather than define. Pictured is a small detail of the massive "Through 5" (2007 ), which is over 100 inches in height.
@edsonrose_ captured this golden hour #moment at last week's Menil Contemporaries Spring Mixer. We look forward to another season of events for our group of emerging patrons, collectors, and art enthusiasts, including a special Cocktails with a Curator tour of our upcoming exhibition "Contemporary Focus: Mineko Grimmer" in June. Interested in joining the fun? Visit menil.org/support/membership (link in profile ) to learn more and join today.
One of the early African representations of Europeans on view in our main building's "Encountering Art from Africa" galleries is this exquisitely detailed 18th-century copper-alloy sculpture of a Portuguese foot soldier. Cast by the Igun Eronmwon, a high-ranking hereditary guild among the Edo-speaking peoples of the Benin Kingdom in present-day Nigeria, the figure is an idealized representation and appropriation of foreign power. Trading slaves, ivory, and other commodities for European goods imported by Portuguese merchant sailors, the Oba or divine king secured a commanding military and economic advantage over neighboring kingdoms. The Edo artist's close attention to the armor, iron flintlock, and saber visually underscores the foreign attributes with which the Oba enhanced his regional authority and prestige. In 1897, a punitive British military expedition overthrew the Oba, looting and destroying his palace. The ivories and copper-alloy sculptures and plaques they seized were later sold at European auctions to museums and collectors. #RediscoverMeni
Join us for BYOB (Bring Your Own Beamer ), our annual collaboration with @aurorapictureshow , tonight from 8 to 10 p.m. at the #Menil Viewers are encouraged to bring picnic blankets and snacks to watch an evening of community-sourced projections covering the Menil Collection main building’s façade. Free and open to everyone. Photo: Ben Doyle
The Menil's collection of icons is widely regarded by scholars in the field as one of the most important in the United States. The works currently on view in the Medieval and Byzantine galleries range in date from the 6th to the 18th centuries and represent three cultures: Greek, Balkan, and Russian. Tomorrow, April 5, at noon, #Menil members are invited to join Associate Research Curator Clare Elliott for a look at the highlights of the holdings.