An Art-filled Summer in Houston

Summer is here and it's one of the best times to visit museums in our city. The Houston Museum District has 19 museums that offer locals and tourists from around the world a chance to see amazing work.

Here are my must-see favorites this summer.

The Fabiola Project at the Byzantine Fresco Chapel

The Byzantine Fresco Chapel is located in front of the Menil Collection, and this summer it delights us with a private collection from Francis Alÿs that has over 500 reproductions of 4th-century Roman Saint Fabiola. The story of this collection started in 1992 when Francis Alÿs was incredibly fascinated by an image of Saint Fabiola in a market in Brussels and he continued acquiring different versions of the same image, which eventually created this great art collection. Most of the images were found in Mexico City, Beirut and Maastricht.

It's amazing to see the different interpretations of the same image by different artists using diverse techniques such as oil, acrylic and pencil. At a glance, they all look the same, but the differences are simply mesmerizing after seeing all of the images. This exhibit will be in Houston until 2018 and entrance is free.

Photo by José and Mayra Rodríguez


Matthew Ronay at the Blaffer Art Museum

The Blaffer Art Museum, which is located inside the University of Houston, offers us a colorful and surrealist exhibit by American artist Matthew Ronay this summer. The forms and colors of his installations are fun and original and will definitely captivate you as you stroll through this small museum. 

Matthew Ronay lives in Brooklyn, New York and has travelled the world showing his artwork in museums like La Casa Encendida in Madrid, Markus Lüttgen in Germany and the Andrea Rosen Gallery in New York among others. His exhibit arrives to Houston for the first time and will stay open until October. Admission is free. 

Kusama: At the End of the Universe at the Museum of Fine Arts

Yoyai Kusama is a Japanese writer and artist that has conquered the art world with her original and interactive installations and this summer, she arrives to Houston with two magical experiences: The infinite Room and At the End of the Universe.

The Museum of Fine Arts' lobby has been totally transformed, creating two rooms large enough for these two installations that will remain in Houston until September 18. Both exhibits are worth seeing because the sensorial experience is simply amazing. You enter the Infinite Room on your own and the feeling of infinity is impressive. 

As you enter the second room, which has At the End of the Universe you are surrounded by a world of fantasy and color that is perfectly matched by the soundtrack of Kusama reciting a poem written by her in Japanese. You can find the translation of the poem on the walls of the museum, and I recommend you read it before entering. Admission is $18 and kids 12 and under get in free. You must go see it!

Yo Mariana hopes you like all three exhibits as much as I did.

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