EVENT 'Soto: The Houston Penetrable' opening at MFAH

Visitors to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, this spring and summer will become part of a great marvel of contemporary art: one of Venezuelan artist Jesús Rafael Soto’s signature Penetrables. Soto: The Houston Penetrable will be on view from May 8 to September 1.

Mercantil Commercebank sponsors the debut presentation of the Houston Penetrable, a sea of 24,000 hand-painted PVC strands suspended from the ceiling of Cullinan Hall. The artwork is equal parts geometric abstraction, architecture, sculpture, environment and playscape, and it is completed only by the viewer’s participation.

This indoor piece was designed by Soto on commission from the Museum in 2004 and is the largest and most ambitious work that the artist ever created. Accompanying the exhibition are eight exemplary pieces from the various phases and series of Soto’s career.


Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursdays; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturday, and 12:15 to 7 p.m. on Sundays. The museum will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Memorial Day and Labor Day and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Independence Day.

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