Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
(above: Bissonnet Entrance View, Caroline Wiess Law Building, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, April 2014. Photo by John Hazeltine © 2014)
Founded in 1900, 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. The encyclopedic collection of the MFAH numbers nearly 60,000 works and embraces the art of antiquity to the present. Featured are the finest artistic examples of the major civilizations of Europe, Asia, North and South America, and Africa. 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. Recent additions to the collections include Rembrandt van Rijn's Portrait of a Young Woman (1633), the Heiting Collection of Photography, a major suite of Gerhard Richter paintings, an array of important works by Jasper Johns, a rare, second-century Hellenistic bronze Head of Poseidon/Antigonos Doson, major canvases by 19th-century painters Gustave Courbet and J.M.W. Turner, Albert Bierstadt's Indians Spear Fishing (1862), distinguished work by the leading 20th- and 21st-century Latin American artists, and The Adolpho Leirner Collection of Brazilian Constructive Art.
The MFAH collections are presented in six locations that make up the institutional complex. Together, these facilities provide a total of 300,000 square feet of space dedicated to the display of art. The MFAH comprises:
The Caroline Wiess Law Building is located at 1001 Bissonnet between Montrose and Main streets. The Audrey Jones Beck Building is located at 5601 Main Street.
Please call the museum for hours and admission fees.
(above: Entrance to Lora Jean Kilroy Visitor and Education Center, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, April 2014. Photo by John Hazeltine © 2014. Tickets to Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens are available in this building)
(above: Entrance Sign for Lora Jean Kilroy Visitor and Education Center, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, April 2014. Photo by John Hazeltine © 2014.)
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