Party Watch

Habsburg riches dazzle Museum of Fine Arts patrons at sparkling exhibit preview and grand dinner

Habsburg riches dazzle Museum of Fine Arts patrons at swank gathering

MFAH Habsburg Splendor dinner Gary Tinterow; Sabine Haag; Rich and Nancy Kinder
MFAH Director Gary Tinterow, from left, Sabine Haag and Rich and Nancy Kinder. Photo by Jenny Antill
MFAH Habsburg Splendor dinner Alfred Glassell, III and Marli Andrade
Alfred Glassell III and Marli Andrade. Photo by Jenny Antill
MFAH Habsburg Splendor dinner Alfred Glassell, III and Marli Andrade Maria Galitzine; Tatiana Galitzine; Xenia Galitzine de Matta and Alberto Matta
Maria Galitzine, from left, Tatiana Galitzine, Xenia Galitzine de Matta and Alberto Matta. Photo by Jenny Antill
MFAH Habsburg Splendor dinner Aliyya Stude; Sima Ladjevardian; Mary Cullen
Aliyya Stude, from left, Sima Ladjevardian and Mary Cullen. Photo by Jenny Antill
MFAH Habsburg Splendor dinner Alfred Glassell, III and Marli AndradeMichael Gigl; Sigrid Pichler; Christopher Gardner
Michael Gigl, from left, Sigrid Pichler and Christopher Gardner. Photo by Jenny Antill
MFAH Habsburg Splendor dinner Carol and Charlie Read; JoAnn Grisanti
Carol and Charlie Read, left, with JoAnn Grisanti. Photo by Jenny Antill
MFAH Habsburg Splendor dinner Minnette Boesel; Council Member Stephen Costello; Debbie Costello
Minnette Boesel, from left, City Councilman Stephen Costello and Debbie Costello. Photo by Jenny Antill
MFAH Habsburg Splendor dinner Terry Wayne Jones and Jay Jones
Terry Wayne Jones and Jay Jones. Photo by Jenny Antill
MFAH Habsburg Splendor dinner Meredith and Cornelia Long
Meredith and Cornelia Long. Photo by Jenny Antill
MFAH Habsburg Splendor dinner Marsha and Tom Brown
Marsha and Tom Brown. Photo by Jenny Antill
MFAH Habsburg Splendor dinner Dorion Ogle; David Bomford; Hong Ogle; David Ruiz
Dorion Ogle, from left, David Bomford, Hong Ogle and David Ruiz. Photo by Jenny Antill
MFAH Habsburg Splendor dinner 1
Habsburg Splendor opening dinner. Photo by Jenny Antill
MFAH Habsburg Splendor dinner Gary Tinterow; Sabine Haag; Rich and Nancy Kinder
MFAH Habsburg Splendor dinner Alfred Glassell, III and Marli Andrade
MFAH Habsburg Splendor dinner Alfred Glassell, III and Marli Andrade Maria Galitzine; Tatiana Galitzine; Xenia Galitzine de Matta and Alberto Matta
MFAH Habsburg Splendor dinner Aliyya Stude; Sima Ladjevardian; Mary Cullen
MFAH Habsburg Splendor dinner Alfred Glassell, III and Marli AndradeMichael Gigl; Sigrid Pichler; Christopher Gardner
MFAH Habsburg Splendor dinner Carol and Charlie Read; JoAnn Grisanti
MFAH Habsburg Splendor dinner Minnette Boesel; Council Member Stephen Costello; Debbie Costello
MFAH Habsburg Splendor dinner Terry Wayne Jones and Jay Jones
MFAH Habsburg Splendor dinner Meredith and Cornelia Long
MFAH Habsburg Splendor dinner Marsha and Tom Brown
MFAH Habsburg Splendor dinner Dorion Ogle; David Bomford; Hong Ogle; David Ruiz
MFAH Habsburg Splendor dinner 1

What: Inauguration of the exhibition Habsburg Splendor: Masterpieces from Vienna’s Imperial Collections.

Where: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's Cullinan Hall.

The 411: Close to 170 guests toured the riches from Vienna's Kunsthistorisches Museum, on display in the Upper Brown Pavilion to Sept. 13, before moving downstairs to the seated dinner. City Kitchen made a nod to Austrian tradition by concluding the three-course meal with the traditional Sachertorte, served with apricot coulis.

Special guests on this night were Kunsthistorisches director Sabine Haag and Austrian Princess Maria-Anna Galitzine, of the Habsburg blood line, who happens to call Houston home.

Who: Nancy and Rich Kinder, Cornelia and Meredith Long, Ann and John Bookout, Sima and Masoud Ladjevardian, Alfred Glassell III and Marli Andrada, Clare Glassell, Nancy and Butch Abendshein, Jay Jones and Terry Wayne Jones, Kathy and Marty Goossen, Sharyn and Jim Weaver and MFAH director Gary Tinterow.