Welcome to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. I hope you find mfah.org an inspiring guide to the wonderful experiences in store for you here at the Museum, and I am delighted to invite you to explore all of the exceptional exhibitions and installations on view.
If you like Downton Abbey, you will love visiting Houghton Hall this summer. Portrait of an English Country House showcases masterworks from the legendary 18th-century house of England's first prime minister, Sir Robert Walpole, in re-creations of their original room settings. Superb paintings, furniture, porcelain, silver, and other exquisite objects tell the fascinating stories behind one family's collecting over three centuries.
Jesús Rafael Soto's Houston Penetrable becomes complete only through your participation. This marvel of contemporary art is equal parts geometric abstraction, architecture, sculpture, environment, and playscape. You are truly going to enjoy wading through this vast immersion of light and color, touching the strands, and perceiving that enormous, elliptical orb glowing in the space.
The photographic treasures in Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris allow us to witness the "City of Light" taking shape in the 19th century through the eyes of one of the medium's early masters. Influential sculptor Alexander Archipenko played a central role in the emergence of Modernism, and The Berlin Drawings presents extraordinary examples of his work. Recent Accessions in Design highlights objects from our remarkable collection of decorative arts by innovative designers and architects of the past century. We are also pleased to share with Houston outstanding masterworks from Kuwait’s renowned al-Sabah Collection, one of the greatest collections of Islamic art in the world.
As you may know, works from the Museum's collections fill the galleries year-round with art embracing every era of history across the globe. Take advantage of the ever-changing calendar of events brimming with activities for all ages throughout the Museum, including the Glassell School of Art and our two house museums: Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens and Rienzi.
We offer a number of ways to enjoy the Museum for free. For example, the Lunch + Look program provides free same-day general admission on weekdays from noon to 2 p.m. with your receipt from the on-site food truck or Cafe Express. Museum members receive free general admission every day, and Family-level memberships include the children in the household. On weekends, all children receive free general admission when they show their card from any Texas public library. General admission is free for everyone on Thursdays, courtesy of Shell.
For me, the Museum is a place of wonder and enlightenment, as I hope it is for you. Please visit often, and say hello when you see me in the galleries.
Gary Tinterow, Director
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
A Conversation with Gary Tinterow
Click here for a series of conversations with MFAH director Gary Tinterow about his ambitions and goals for the MFAH, including partnerships both locally and abroad, and increased visitor access to the MFAH collections.