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 (The Hydrospacial City) is the Argentinean artist's most ambitious and longest-running project. By the early 1970s, the 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.

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Gyula Kosice, Argentinean, 1924–2016
La ciudad hidroespacial
The Hydrospatial City
Acrylic, paint, metal and light
Variable dimensions
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Museum purchase funded by the Caroline Wiess Law Accessions Endowment Fund

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The artist; sold to MFAH, 2009.