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100 Highlights
of the MFAH
Take a tour through some of the most significant objects in the MFAH collections. On these pages, you can browse 100 highlights from collections throughout the institution. Then visit the Museum in person to discover your own favorites.
 
© Gyula Kosice
 
 
GYULA KOSICE
Argentinean, born 1924
La ciudad hidroespacial (The Hydrospatial City)
1946-72
Acrylic, Plexiglas, paint, and light

Variable dimensions

 
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Museum purchase with funds provided by the Caroline Wiess Law Accessions Endowment Fund

Arts of Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean
 
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This utopian exploration of space architecture illustrates some of Gyula Kosice’s fundamental preoccupations with water and space. Begun in 1946 and completed in 1972, La ciudad hidroespacial is the Argentinean artist's most ambitious and longest-running project.

By the early 1970s, the hidroespacial project had evolved into multiple sculptures/maquettes that now total 19 three-dimensional space habitats and 7 two-dimensional light boxes coming together in an immersive, single-room installation. The work has emerged as a monumental, theoretical summary of Kosice’s use of innovative materials, light, and acrylic. Although many of the individual components have been exhibited in the past, the MFAH is the only museum in the world to house the complete La ciudad hidroespacial, a fascinating and poetic discourse on the intelligent relationship between civilization and community in the near future.