Witness The Fabiola Project at the Byzantine Fresco Chapel in Montrose

Photo courtesy of The Menil Collection

Take in the Fabiola Project on view at the Menil Collection’s Byzantine Fresco Chapel through Sunday, October 28, 2018.

Consisting primarily of paintings, The Fabiola Project is made up of more than 450 reproductions of a lost 1885 work by Jean-Jacques Henner depicting 4th-century Roman Saint Fabiola.

The project was initiated by Belgian artist Francis Alÿs in the early 1990s, shortly after he moved to Mexico City (where he still lives today).

He was enthralled by the city’s culture and art, and begin collecting reproductions and copies of Henner’s Fabiola. In it, the saint was shown in left-facing profile adorned by a red headscarf.

His passive collecting soon grew into obsession, and friends also began to contribute renditions spied on travels around the world. The collection ultimately culminated to what we now find on view at the Menil.

The Fabiola Project at the Menil’s Byzantine Fresco Chapel

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Cody Swann is a writer and musician born and raised in Houston. When he isn't recording or touring the country with his band, Wild Moccasins, he can be found covering live music and arts events for 365 Things to Do in Houston.