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6 Breathtaking Exhibits at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

April 12th, 2016 by Pamela Murski

Museum of Fine Arts Houston

17th Century Pendant: Al-Sabah Collection

The Museum of Fine Arts Houston is only a little over an hours drive from our world class bed and breakfast ranch and is the perfect day trip  for anyone interested in history, culture, mystery, beauty, artistic impression, sculpture and amazing art.  Located in the heart of Houston’s Museum District,  the world awaits you at the  MFAH (short for  Museum of Fine Arts Houston).  The Museum of Fine Arts Houston is a dynamic cultural complex comprising two gallery buildings, a sculpture garden, visitors center, library, movie theater, gift shop, café, two art schools, and two house museums.

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, houses an encyclopedic collection searchable database of more than 65,000 works of art created throughout the world, from antiquity to the present.  Browse the collection to discover art across time periods, cultures, classifications before visiting the Museum to experience your favorites in person.  There is something for everyone at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston!  The MFAH maintains specific curatorial departments  responsible for specific art collections and putting together the related rotating exhibitions.  They include:

  • Arts of Africa, Oceania & the Americas
  • American Painting & Sculpture
  • Antiquities
  • Arts of Asia
  • Decorative Arts & Design
  • European Art
  • Film
  • Arts of the Islamic World
  • Latin American Art
  • Modern & Contemporary Art
  • Photography
  • Prints & Drawings
  • Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation
  • Bayou Bend
  • Rienzi

The current exhibitions at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston include:

Deco Nights: Evenings in the Jazz Age: celebrating the glamour and luxury of the period through objects from the Museum’s collections, along with select works on loan. Photographs, prints, drawings, books, cameras, glassware, couture costumes, and evening accessories explore nighttime pursuits in the United States and Europe in the 1920s and 1930s.

Statements: African American Art from the Museum’s Collection:  Featuring artists who have shaped the course of American art across eight decades, Statements brings together more than 40 works in a wide range of media, from Richmond Barthé’s iconic Feral Benga of 1935 to Mark Bradford’s Circa 1992, created in 2015.

Arts of Islamic Lands: Selections from The al-Sabah Collection, Kuwait:  The renowned al-Sabah Collection is one of the greatest privately held collections of Islamic art in the world.  On view currently are 250 works that, together, present an impressive and comprehensive spectrum of Islamic art including objects from the 8th to 18th centuries—made in North Africa, the Middle East, Turkey, India, the Iberian Peninsula, and Central Asia.

Eye on Houston: High School Documentary Photography:  a collaboration between the Museum and area high schools to document and celebrate the diversity of Houston’s neighborhoods.

William Kentridge: Zeno Writing:  an 11-minute film montage that contemplates the final years of the Austro-Hungarian Empire before the eruption of World War I in 1914.

Sculpted in Steel: Art Deco Automobiles and Motorcycles, 1929–1940:  celebrates the cars and motorcycles designed during an iconic period when art and elegance reigned.

After  your enjoyable day at the MFAH, head on out of the city and  back to the country to enjoy the best of both worlds!  Continue your high brow experience by slipping into the outdoor spa with a glass of champagne to relax before getting ready for an memorable dinner driving at one of our wonderful restaurants in downtown Brenham.