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Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Office of the Director. Montebello Subject Files, 1969-1974

Collection Scope and Content Note

The Subject files document de Montebello´s involvement with administrative affairs while he was Director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Prominent subjects include possible accessions; fundraising drives; preparations for ceremonies marking the opening (January 14-20, 1974) of the Brown Pavilion, the final addition to the Mies van der Rohe´s portion of the MFAH´s Caroline Wiess Law building; travel tours organized by the MFAH; and the deaccessioning of objects from the collection.

The Subject Files contain extensive papers related to the construction of the Brown Pavilion. These include memoranda, correspondence, and reports (1971-1974) from architects Bruno Conterato and Arthur G. Salzman of the Office of Mies van der Rohe, Chicago; construction proposals and progress reports issued by the Houston construction management firm, Mayan Co.; technical reports and diagrams related to lighting requirements and subsurface drainage systems for the Brown Pavilion; and letters from architect (and former student of Mies´) A. S. Takeuchi concerning his designs for interior installation structures for the building.

The Subject Files also contain papers related to an exhibition (January 21 -March 14, 1971) of the tapestries of Spanish artist Josep Grau-Garriga which was curated by Philippe de Montebello and curator J. L. Schrader. The papers include letters and telegrams exchanged by de Montebello and Schrader while the latter was in Barcelona selecting works for exhibition in Houston; an original typescript of the preface to the exhibition catalogue by Georges Boudaille; and letters from Grau-Garriga to de Montebello.

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