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.

Ron Mueck brings the hyperrealistic work of the contemporary sculptor to Houston for the first time. Through the playfulness of scale, his unforgettable figures resonate evocatively with the history of art and philosophy, exploring the human condition, where we come from, and where we are going.

The most significant U.S. presentation of modern and contemporary art from Cuba since 1944 is on display in Adiós Utopia. This landmark exhibition reflects on Cuba’s dreams for social utopia, and subsequent disillusionment, through more than 100 of the most important works of painting, graphic design, photography, video, installation, and performance created by artists in Cuba over the past six decades.

Two Centuries of American Still-Life Painting showcases the unparalleled collection of Frank and Michelle Hevrdejs, which traces the development of the still-life genre in America over the course of nearly 200 years. These undeniable masterpieces—most never before seen by the public—demonstrate why still-life painting has captivated artists, collectors, and audiences for more than two centuries.

The dazzling, eye-catching robes and panels in Colors of the Oasis: Central Asian Ikats give us a look at cosmopolitan oasis culture in the 19th century. We are also pleased to share masterworks of art from the Islamic worlds through our partnership with Kuwait’s renowned al-Sabah Collection. To complement the installation, two dedicated galleries present objects from the Museum’s own growing Art of the Islamic Worlds collection.

Works from the MFAH 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 MFA Café or the day’s food truck. Museum members receive free general admission every day, and Family-level memberships include the children in the household. Children 12 and younger are always admitted free, and 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.

Sincerely,

Gary Tinterow, Director
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

A Conversation with Gary Tinterow

Watch a series of conversations with Gary Tinterow about his ambitions and goals for the Museum, including partnerships both locally and abroad, and increased visitor access to the MFAH collections.