Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth
With its original building designed by Louis Kahn and its recently opened pavilion designed by Renzo Piano, the Kimbell first astounds visitors with its architecture. When you step inside, the collection speaks for itself.
Must see: Caravaggio, The Cardsharps
3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth; 817-332-8451
Menil Collection, Houston
The jewel of the Houston arts scene was a gift from the late Dominique de Menil. With more than 17,000 works, the museum manages to feel both expansive and intimate.
Must see: Cy Twombly, Untitled Painting (Say Goodbye Catullus, to the Shores of Asia Minor) (A Painting in Three Parts)
1533 Sul Ross, Houston; 713-525-9400
Chinati Foundation, Marfa
Founded by the late minimalist Donald Judd and sprawl-ing over 340 acres of desert in the Trans-Pecos, the most unexpected museum in Texas is also one of the state’s most talked about.
Must see: Donald Judd, 100 Untitled Works in Mill Aluminum
1 Cavalry Row, Marfa; 432-729-4362
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