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Peter Marzio, director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Courtesy of Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
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Just one highlight of his tenure, the donation of Rienzi in 1991
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Alberto Giacometti's "Large Standing Womain I," 1960, stands before a granite triangle, part of Isamu Noguchi's design for the Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen Sculpture Garden, a 1986 accomplishment for Marzio.
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Another Marzio contribution: the renovation of Bayou Bend in 1993
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Peter Marzio, director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
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The Audrey Jones Beck Building opened to acclaim in March 2000.
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Peter Marzio with Jeanie Kilroy, left, and Cornelia Long at the September opening of the Lora Jean Kilroy Visitor and Education Center at Bayou Bend Photo by Gary Fountain
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Lora Jean Kilroy Visitor and Education Center Photo by Robb Williamson
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A new book detailing Houston's most prestigious collection of American art, "American Art and Philanthropy: Twenty Years of Collecting at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston," arrived on bookshelves in October.
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"Head with Crown", 14th-early 15th century, copper alloy, from "Dynasty and Divinity: Ife Art in Ancient Nigeria." The MFAH was proud to be the first U.S. venue for this touring exhibition. Photo by Karin L. Willis; © National Commission for Museums and Monuments, Nigeria. Photo courtesy Museum for African Art/Fundación Marcelino Botín
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Just this fall, the MFAH invited artist Cai Guo-Qiang to create a gunpowder drawing to cover the walls of the new Arts of China Gallery. Photo by I-Hua Lee/Courtesy Cai Studio
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"Still Life with Apples and Peaches" by Paul Cézanne, part of the upcoming blockbuster exhibition, "Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Masterpieces from the National Gallery of Art." The MFAH is the first— and the only — venue for the exhibition. Courtesy of Museum of Fine Arts, Houston