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VIPs celebrate MFAH's major coup with a special sneak peek: No other U.S. city gets this art

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13 Sima Ladjevardian, from left, Zeina Fares and Karen Pulaski at the MFAH Georges Braque opening reception February 2014
Sima Ladjevardian, from left, Zeina Fares and Karen Pulaski at the MFAH Georges Braque opening reception. Photo by © Jenny Antill
9 Brad and Leslie Bucher, from left, with Gary Tinterow at the MFAH Georges Braque opening reception February 2014
Brad and Leslie Bucher, from left, with Gary Tinterow at the MFAH Georges Braque opening reception. Photo by © Jenny Antill
17 Kari Gonzales, from left, John Dagley and Lana Page at the MFAH Georges Braque opening reception February 2014
Kari Gonzales, from left, John Dagley and Lana Page at the MFAH Georges Braque opening reception. Photo by © Jenny Antill
18 Janet and Le Melcher at the MFAH Georges Braque opening reception February 2014
Janet and Le Melcher at the MFAH Georges Braque opening reception. Photo by © Jenny Antill
10 Bill Arning, from left, Alison de Lima Greene, Jessica Phifer and Mark McCray at the MFAH Georges Braque opening reception February 2014
Bill Arning, from left, Alison de Lima Greene, Jessica Phifer and Mark McCray at the MFAH Georges Braque opening reception. Photo by © Jenny Antill
5 Fredericka Hunter and Josef Helfenstein at the MFAH Georges Braque opening reception February 2014
Fredericka Hunter and Josef Helfenstein at the MFAH Georges Braque opening reception. Photo by © Jenny Antill
16 Kathy Goossen, from left, with Melvyn and Cyvia Wolff at the MFAH Georges Braque opening reception February 2014
Kathy Goossen, from left, with Melvyn and Cyvia Wolff at the MFAH Georges Braque opening reception. Photo by © Jenny Antill
11 Tom and Liz Glanville, from left, and Sharyn and Jim Weaver at the MFAH Georges Braque opening reception February 2014
Tom and Liz Glanville, from left, and Sharyn and Jim Weaver at the MFAH Georges Braque opening reception. Photo by © Jenny Antill
12 Sylvie Christophe and Toby Kamps at the MFAH Georges Braque opening reception February 2014
Sylvie Christophe and Toby Kamps at the MFAH Georges Braque opening reception. Photo by © Jenny Antill
15 Melissa Grobmyer, left, and Elisabeth McCabe at the MFAH Georges Braque opening reception February 2014
Melissa Grobmyer, left, and Elisabeth McCabe at the MFAH Georges Braque opening reception. Photo by © Jenny Antill
8 Danielle and Meredith Cullen, from left, with Mary Cullen at the MFAH Georges Braque opening reception February 2014
Danielle and Meredith Cullen, from left, with Mary Cullen at the MFAH Georges Braque opening reception. Photo by © Jenny Antill
7 David and Pam Ott, from left, and Leila and Walter Mischer at the MFAH Georges Braque opening reception February 2014
David and Pam Ott, from left, and Leila and Walter Mischer at the MFAH Georges Braque opening reception. Photo by © Jenny Antill
13 Sima Ladjevardian, from left, Zeina Fares and Karen Pulaski at the MFAH Georges Braque opening reception February 2014
9 Brad and Leslie Bucher, from left, with Gary Tinterow at the MFAH Georges Braque opening reception February 2014
17 Kari Gonzales, from left, John Dagley and Lana Page at the MFAH Georges Braque opening reception February 2014
18 Janet and Le Melcher at the MFAH Georges Braque opening reception February 2014
10 Bill Arning, from left, Alison de Lima Greene, Jessica Phifer and Mark McCray at the MFAH Georges Braque opening reception February 2014
5 Fredericka Hunter and Josef Helfenstein at the MFAH Georges Braque opening reception February 2014
16 Kathy Goossen, from left, with Melvyn and Cyvia Wolff at the MFAH Georges Braque opening reception February 2014
11 Tom and Liz Glanville, from left, and Sharyn and Jim Weaver at the MFAH Georges Braque opening reception February 2014
12 Sylvie Christophe and Toby Kamps at the MFAH Georges Braque opening reception February 2014
15 Melissa Grobmyer, left, and Elisabeth McCabe at the MFAH Georges Braque opening reception February 2014
8 Danielle and Meredith Cullen, from left, with Mary Cullen at the MFAH Georges Braque opening reception February 2014
7 David and Pam Ott, from left, and Leila and Walter Mischer at the MFAH Georges Braque opening reception February 2014

What: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston dinner and preview of Georges Braque: A Retrospective.

Where: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

The 411: Just days before the exhibition opened to the public, more than 100 VIP guests perused the retrospective in the Upper Brown Pavilion during cocktails. They moved on to the Blaffer galleries for the seated, French-inspired dinner by City Kitchen. Discussion centered on the amazing exhibition of 78 works and the MFAH's good luck at being the only U.S. institution to nab the exhibition.

On view through May 11, the exhibition premiered at the Grand Palais in Paris, organized to mark the 50th anniversary of the French artist’s death.

Who: Nancy and Butch Abendshein, Clare Attwell Glassell, Anne and Charles Duncan, Sandy and Lee Godfrey, Janet and Le Melcher, Sharyn and Jim Weaver, Margaret Williams, Marc Melcher, Nancy and Rich Kinder, Lisa and Downing Mears, MFAH director Gary Tinterow and Christopher Gardner and a sprinkling of museum figures from Paris.

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