MFAH art opening: Soto: The Houston Penetrable

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Visitors to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, this spring and summer will become part of one of the great marvels of contemporary art with one of Venezuelan artist Jesús Rafael Soto's signature PenetrablesHouston Penetrable is a vast floating sea of plastic strands suspended from the ceiling that is completed only by the viewer's participation.

Twenty-four thousand PVC tubes, individually hand-painted and tied, will hang 28 feet from the ceiling to the floor and encompass 2,600 square feet. Intended to be touched, handled and waded through, the strands, when at rest, compose a floating yellow orb on a transparent background. This immersive environment was designed by Soto on commission from MFAH in 2004 and has taken almost a decade to produce.

In tandem with the Museum and Atelier Soto, Paris, architect Paolo Carrozzino and producer Walter Pellevoisin oversaw a team of artisans and ironworkers in Vielle-Tursan (France) and Houston to bring this monumental work to life.

On view through Sept. 1.



Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
1001 Bissonnet St.
Houston, TX 77005


Free with museum admission.
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