“Soto: The Houston Penetrable”


This summer, Soto: The Houston Penetrable fills the Museum's 2,600-square-foot Cullinan Hall with 24,000 hand-painted PVC tubes that hang two stories high.

Walk through, touch, snap photos, enjoy! Share your experience on social media using #SotoSummer to post your Soto selfies and other Soto shots—you might see your pic on the Museum’s social media and website!

Show your #SotoSummer photo at Bosta Wine & Coffee, 1801 Binz in the Museum District, and you will receive $1 off the exclusive #SotoSummer ice cream created by Cloud 10 Creamery. Passion fruit and white chocolate give this flavor its signature Soto-inspired look.




"Soto: The Houston Penetrable" is organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, in collaboration with the Atelier Soto, Paris.

Presenting Sponsor:
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Top image: Jesús Rafael Soto,Houston Penetrable, 2004–14, lacquered aluminum structure, PVC tubes, and water-based silkscreen ink, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Museum purchase funded by the Caroline Wiess Law Accessions Endowment Fund. © Estate of Jesús Rafael Soto. Used by permission. Photo by Carrithers Studio


Soto: The Houston Penetrable

On view through September 1, 2014

Experience this immersive installation—in the making for nearly a decade.

Jesús Rafael Soto’s signature series of Penetrables is one of the great marvels of contemporary art.

The Houston Penetrable—the iconic Venezuelan artist’s final, and most ambitious work—is the only one Soto (1923–2005) designed as permanent or semipermanent, and it is one of the few he created as an indoor piece.

A vast, floating sea of plastic strands suspended from the ceiling, the Houston Penetrable is completed only by the viewer’s participation. Intended to be touched, handled, and waded through, the strands compose a floating yellow orb on a transparent background. The 24,000 PVC (polyvinyl chloride) tubes, individually hand-painted and tied, hang two stories high from the ceiling to the floor in the Museum's Cullinan Hall.

Learn more about this work of art.