The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, is the largest art museum in America south of Chicago, west of Washington, D.C., and east of Los Angeles.There are two major museum buildings, the Caroline Wiess Law Building and the Audrey Jones Beck Building; two facilities for the Glassell School ofArt, the Studio School for Adults and the Glassell Junior School; two house museums that exhibit decorative arts, Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens and Rienzi; the Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen Sculpture Garden; and 18 acres of public gardens.A total of 300,000 square feet of space is dedicated to the display of art.The Hirsch Library is one of the largest art libraries in the Southwest.More than 2.5 million people visit the MFAH each year. Community outreach programs touch the lives of more than 670,000 people each year.
The collection contains more than 53,000 artworks, which date from antiquity to the present. The major civilizations of Europe, Asia, North and South America, and Africa are represented. Italian Renaissance paintings, French Impressionist works, photographs, American and European decorative arts, African and Pre-Columbian gold, American art, and European and American paintings and sculpture from post-1945 are particularly strong holdings.The museum and the Glassell School of Art present more than thirty changing exhibitions each year. The MFAH has published more than forty scholarly books in the last decade.
Visible yet immaterial, clouds seem to thicken into dark, foreboding masses or disperse into thin air at the turn of a moment. Scientists and artists alike have pondered these manifestations of condensed water vapor, studying clouds for meteorologica…Read More »
Degas: A New Vision offers the most significant international survey in nearly 30 years of the work of Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas (1834â€“1917). The reputation of this celebrated French artist has often focused on his ballet imagery, and yet Degasâ€…Read More »
Emperorsâ€™ Treasures: Chinese Art from the National Palace Museum, TaipeiEmperorsâ€™ Treasures: Chinese Art from the National Palace Museum, Taipei brings to Houston masterpieces that highlight the artistic and cultural contributions of imperial rul…Read More »
One of most celebrated photographers of the 20th century, Helen Levitt captured candid views of everyday life on the streets of New York City. Helen Levitt: In the Street spans her career from the late 1930s to the mid-1980s. The exhibition features …Read More »
Grand Designs: Neoclassical Taste in the 18th CenturyRienzi, the MFAH house museum for European decorative arts, presents special exhibitions twice a year. Grand Designs: Neoclassical Taste in the 18th Century comprises furniture, decor, and prints f…Read More »
A Texas Legacy: Selections from the William J. Hill Collection tells the story of early Texas decorative arts through a selection of furniture, drawings, paintings, pottery, silver, and other goods made between the mid-19th and early 20th centuries.T…Read More »
This exhibition brings early Texas history to light through the landscapes of Julian Onderdonk. The American Impressionist and San Antonio native is best known for his depictions of the sprawling Texas countryside.Onderdonk (1882â€“1922) spent his fo…Read More »
22nd Edition of the Museum's longest-running film festival! Generous funding is provided by the ILEX Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Society of Iranian-American Women for Education (SIAWE) and the Iranian Cultural Foundation-Housto…Read More »
In recent years, the Museum’s Decorative Arts and Design Department has concentrated on adding outstanding examples of 20th- and 21st-century design to its collection. Global in scope, the collection traces the history of Modern and Contemporar…Read More »
One of the most influential sculptors of the 20th century, Russian-born artist Alexander Archipenko (1887Ã¢â¬â1964) played a central role in the emergence of Modernism. Although Archipenko was known primarily for his sculpture, he also executed a …Read More »
The first major exhibition in the United States devoted to 19th-century French artist Charles Marville explores the beauty, variety, and historical poignancy of his art. Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris features nearly 100 photographs that spa…Read More »
For the first time, the renowned collection of paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts from Houghton Hall in England travels to the United States. The national tour of Houghton Hall: Portrait of an English Country House opens at the MFAH.Located i…Read More »