John and Dominique de Menil, 1967, with Seated Figure, Mali, Dogon. The Menil Archives, the Menil Collection, Houston. Photo: Hickey-Robertson, Houston.

Established in 1977 the Foundation was led for twenty years by Dominique de Menil, whose forward-thinking leadership continued until her death in 1997. Thanks to her unwavering support, the Foundation has provided works of art to the Centre Pompidou’s collection, including major pieces by Dan Flavin, Philip Guston, Eva Hesse, Donald Judd, Brice Marden, Barnett Newman and Cy Twombly.

After a period of dormancy following the death of Dominique de Menil, the Foundation was relaunched in 2004 thanks to the efforts of Executive Director Scott Stover and Board President Robert M. Rubin. Under their leadership the Foundation established a permanent presence in Los Angeles, grew its membership to include prominent donors and collectors and amassed important holdings of pivotal works by artists Larry Bell, Mark Bradford, Chuck Close, Philip Guston, Agnes Martin and James Welling.

Today the Friends continue to uphold the values that were hallmarks of de Menil’s life as a collector and patron of the arts: independent vision, intellectual rigor, and enlightened philanthropy.