Please note: exhibition dates are not yet confirmed.
An interactive experience conceived by Venezuelan kinetic artist Jesús Rafael Soto transforms the museum’s Cullinan Hall into a captivating space. Soto's monumental, site-specific work Houston Penetrable invites you to wade through thousands of shimmering tubes that are suspended from the ceiling.
Soto (1923–2005) is renowned for engaging and challenging perception through movement, transparency, and optical illusion. Assembling this installation, created specifically for the MFAH, requires crews to work almost around the clock to install eight tons of aluminum and steel to hold the 24,000 PVC (polyvinyl chloride) tubes in place.
This ambitious work of art represents the culmination of Soto’s career-long efforts to create his own art form, one that fuses tactile sensations and perceptions of color, and creates a dramatic setting for human interaction, introspection, and play. A related work by the artist has been hugely popular with adults and children alike at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).
This installation and the MFAH exhibition James Turrell: The Light Inside offer visitors the unique opportunity to connect with the timeless art of two contemporary masters.
This installation of the "Houston Penetrable" is organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, in collaboration with the Atelier Soto, Paris.