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Surprise! Beyoncé, Solange & Tina Knowles take a tour through The Menil, talk of new album

Surprise! Beyoncé, Solange & Tina Knowles take a tour through The Menil, talk of new album

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Tina Knowles and Beyoncé toured The Menil Collection and fell in love with Yves Klein's blue paintings. Courtesy of Mother Nurture
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Yves Klein, Requiem, 1960 — part of The Menil Collection works stored in the treasure rooms. The Menil Collection
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The treasure rooms were opened for the Knowles group. Photo by Paul Hester
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Solange Knowles joined mom and sis at The Menil Collection. Photo by Dave Rossman
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The Menil Collection is a must-see on the itineraries of A-listers, some of whom stop over in Houston just to see the museum. The Menil Collection/Facebook
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The Menil Collection, side view

Joining an impressive coterie of A-list stars including Gwyneth Paltrow, Mick Jagger and Tilda Swinton, Beyoncé has just finished her first tour of The Menil Collection.

No horde of excited fans were in her wake as is usually the case on the music superstar's Houston touchdowns. Beyoncé, who was accompanied by sister Solange Knowles, mom Tina Knowles and three young friends, apparently didn't know the museum is closed on Tuesday and showed up at the back entrance. A worker recognized them and called her supervisors and, soon afterward, Menil curator Toby Kamps escorted the group through the museum before Menil communications director Vance Muse took over and escorted the ladies to the upstairs treasure rooms.

Kamps, who used to be a curator at the Contemporary Arts Museum, was familiar with Solange, because she celebrated her 21st birthday at the CAM in 2007.

 Beyoncé told Kamps that she is about to start recording a new album but not before her merry band visits Marfa. 

Muse reports that they were particularly taken with Yves Klein's blue paintings. A happy coincidence, "Celebration in Blue" is the theme of The Menil's 25th anniversary gala in November and Klein's blue paintings will be on view.

The women also focused closely on Magritte’s surrealist paintings, Max Ernst bronzes and zeroed in on work by lesser-known surrealist Victor Brauner. 

Beyoncé told Kamps that she is about to start recording a new album but not before her merry band visits Marfa to view the Donald Judd and Dan Flavin works at the Chinati Foundation.

Among the stars that have visited The Menil are Ethan Hawke, Val Kilmer, Francis Ford Coppola, Sofia Coppola, Stockard Channing and Drew Barrymore.