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I CALL MYSELF COVETOUS,” the late Dominique de Menil once told this magazine. “I have an enormous appetite for what- ever turns me on.” Luckily for her adopted city of Houston, what she craved most was art of the highest caliber: When the Menil Collection opened as its own museum in 1987—with a Renzo Piano building to house the masterpieces amassed by Dominique and her husband, John—it was heralded as one of the world’s premier private collections. Now, twenty years later, the namesake treasury is putting the couple’s acquisitive bent on display with an exhibit of pieces they held dear.

To fully appreciate “A Modern Patronage: de Menil Gifts to American and European Museums,” it first helps to understand the

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