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“Fascinating conceptual art project”

Byzantine Fresco Chapel
Ranked #65 of 269 things to do in Houston
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Reopened in 2015, the Byzantine Fresco Chapel has been repurposed to house an experimental series of year-long, site-specific contemporary art installations. Originally opened in 1997, the BFC was designed by architect Francois de Menil to house an installation of two 13th-century Christian frescoes from Cyprus that were on long-term loan.
Reviewed 2 April 2018

Houston seems to have a thing for bunker-like 'chapels' (see also the Rothko Chapel one block down the road) but while this building is somewhat prepossessing outside it currently has an excellent little exhibition inside: the Fabiola project. Start by looking at the video which explains the multi-layered intention behind the exhibition and then move on to the display cases of 'Fabiola' items before having a seat in front of the great wall of Fabiola. Fascinating ideas about the relationship between art and culture and where the boundary is between professional and amateur art. Certainly worth 20 minutes of your time. Makes a good double with the Rothko.

Thank AllanJGJ
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Reviewed 22 March 2018

We found this place completely by accident, but it turned out to be one of the best things we visited while in Houston! We originally intended to see the Menil Collection, but it was closed for renovations so we found our way to the other attractions in the area (all were free) and this one, by far, blew me away. Be sure to watch the video first, seeing all the Fabiolas displayed together and hearing the story of how the exhibit came to be was truly fascinating. You most likely won't need to spend long here so it could be a quick visit!

Thank Lorraine S
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Reviewed 18 March 2018

We were in Houston for Spring Break and intended to visit The Menil Collection, which was unfortunately closed until later this year for renovations. (Should have done my research!) Instead, we wandered around the neighborhood and the smaller surrounding exhibits. The all around fave of the family (including my 8 & 9 year olds) was The Fabiola Project at the Byzantine Fresco Chapel. Make sure you watch the whole intro video to better understand the exhibition. It's really fascinating!

Thank Cooper K
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Reviewed 12 January 2016

This building was mad to house a Byzantine chapel that was eventually returned to the original place, now the space is for art exhibitions. it is very near the Rothko Chapel and when I went they had a fun piece by Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller. Loved it. Until February 28th 2016

Thank mundosully
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Reviewed 27 November 2015

The byzantine frescos are no longer on view, but the building is part of the Menil Museum campus and has changing exhibits. Wonderful indoor and outdoor space. Peaceful and welcoming.

Thank ame054
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