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Imperial Favorite Fabergé Opens New Boutique in Houston

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You may not know it, but Houston has long been a destination for aficionados of Fabergé, the fabled Russian jeweler whose stunning objets d’art captivated the imperial Russian court and swept across Europe at the turn of the 20th century.

The McFerrin Collection at the Houston Museum of Natural Science boasts the most impressive gathering of eggs and other Fabergé objects found on the North American continent, including a loaned “surprise” from Queen Elizabeth II’s personal collection. Her majesty’s tiny jeweled elephant has now been united with its mate, the Imperial Diamond Trellis Egg, for the first time in nearly a century.

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Your Most Glamorous Museum Visit Yet

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Through January 28, immerse yourself in the splendour of one of the fashion world’s most iconic names at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s breathtaking exhibit: The Glamour and Romance of Oscar de la Renta. Curated by contributing editor to Vogue André Leon Talley, the exhibit features nearly 70 de la Renta ensembles, cleverly juxtaposed with pieces from the museum’s collection.

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The Glamour and Romance of Oscar de la Renta

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Some nights and collections are difficult to quantify in words because they are so magical. This October 7th, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston hosted an event for its members to debut the exhibit “The Glamour and Romance of Oscar de la Renta.” With floor-to-ceiling florals and a runway show projected onto museum walls, one could not help but be swept away to a different place upon entering. A delightful string trio added to the luster of the evening, as did cocktails and beautiful floral light fixtures. To ensure photos were fabulous, MFAH provided several floors perfect for any posed shot or “selfie.”

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Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism, 1910–1950

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The most comprehensive compilation of Mexican modern art in the United States in 70 years has landed in Space City, bringing with it masterpieces by Frida Kahlo, Jose Clemente Orozco, Diego Rivera, and many more.

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The Stunning Rienzi House Museum

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In the heart of the historic River Oaks neighborhood, down a long, wooded drive, sits a single-story 1950s home on a 4-acre property. Rienzi was designed in 1952 by John Staub, who is considered one of Houston’s most impactful residential architects. The house was opened to the public in 1999 and serves as a museum of European decorative arts, with a collection that spans from noteworthy paintings to rare porcelain and lush furnishings.

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Pipilotti Rist: Pixel Forest and Worry Will Vanish

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Acclaimed restaurants. A fantastic economy. NASA. America’s fourth-largest city doesn’t disappoint, and its prowess doesn’t stop with its stars-reaching rockets and restaurants. Houston is also home to a world-class museum district, resplendent with 19 separate destinations, ranging from galleries to cultural centers. One of the city’s most beloved establishments is the Museum of Fine Arts. With a collection that includes antiques, decorative art, photographs, and paintings ranging from classic favorites (Renoir, Girl Reading) to modern masterpieces (Mark Rothko’s Red on Pink on Pink), it’s not surprising that the MFAH is the largest cultural institution in the southwest.

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Texas Ties

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Tommy Fitzpatrick’s most recent paintings, which debuted at Inman Gallery in November 2015, are all named after classic string games and designs, and they share a sense of serious play. Working from photographs of wooden lattices, he translates volume, perspective and light into hard-edged pattern, pairing an almost geometric articulation of space with an insistence on painted surface. That contradistinction— between flat pattern and illusionistic depth—is the knot Fitzpatrick has been untangling and retying with increasing sophistication for decades.

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