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Menil Collection Names Edouard Kopp Chief Curator of Its Drawing Institute

The Menil Collection in Houston, Texas, announced today that Edouard Kopp has been appointed chief curator of the institution’s new Drawing Institute, which is expected to open to the public on November 3. Kopp, comes to the institute from the Harvard Art Museums where he has served as the curator of drawings since 2015, and will assume his duties in January.

Commenting on the appointment, Menil Collection director Rebecca Rabinow said: “Ten years since its founding, the Menil Drawing Institute will now be housed in an award-winning new building, brilliantly designed to support the endeavors of researchers, scholars, and conservators, and to provide the public with a deeper and more sustained engagement with drawing. Edouard’s impressive scholarship, keen curatorial skills, diplomatic manner, and palpable curiosity make him an ideal leader for this important program and facility. I cannot imagine a more exciting time for him to join us.”

During his tenure at Harvard, Kopp has been responsible for the collection of European and American drawings, which includes works ranging from the fourteenth century to 1900. He has also helped the museums with its acquisition of modern and contemporary drawings, including its recent purchase of Kara Walker’s monumental drawing and collage U.S.A. Idioms, 2017. Previously, Kopp worked at the J. Paul Getty Museum for nearly seven years, as assistant and associate curator of drawings.

“I have dedicated my career to drawing, which is arguably the most personal, experimental, and often revelatory artistic practice, underlying virtually all other media,” Kopp said in a statement. “It is an honor to be chosen as chief curator of the Menil Drawing Institute, and I look forward to working in an extraordinary building, the first at any museum in the United States entirely designed to serve the specific needs of drawings and to bring them to a new level of public appreciation.”

Kopp will be responsible for the management and growth of the Menil’s drawing collection and also for the Menil Drawing Institute’s programming, educational outreach, and administration. Established by the Menil in 2008, the Menil Drawing Institute’s 30,000-square-foot, $40 million building will be inaugurated with “The Condition of Being Here: Drawings by Jasper Johns,” an exhibition spanning the artist’s career.  

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