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The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Contemporary Dutch Design: Selections from the Museum’s Collection

Saturday, May. 19, 2018 – Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018

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Dutch designers—with an interest in tradition and history, as well as the possibilities of technological intervention and mass production—have long placed an importance on functionality, craftsmanship, and the individual experience. By reimagining objects, many of the designers represented in this exhibition take cues from the rich historical past of Dutch culture while incorporating new materials and technologies.

The first half of the 20th century marked a period of innovation in the Netherlands through the radical ideas of De Stijl and the Bauhaus. Since the early 1990s, with the establishment of the collective Droog Design, international attention has once again focused on the Netherlands. Droog’s generation of designers, as well as those who have emerged more recently, are transforming expectations. Their designs build on the possibilities of material exploration and broadening the relationships between form and function, beauty and iconography.

Contemporary Dutch Design showcases objects from the MFAH collection demonstrating a range of materials, techniques, and unprecedented approaches that place Dutch designers at the forefront of the contemporary design field. This exhibition is presented in conjunction with Joris Laarman Lab: Design in the Digital Age, on view in the Beck Building from June 24 to September 16.

 

HOURS & ADMISSION

  • Tuesday - Wednesday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Thursday, 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
    Friday - Saturday, 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
    Sunday, 12:15 pm - 7:00 pm
    Monday: Closed (Except Monday Holidays). Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
  • General Admission: MFAH Members-FREE Adult-$15 ($14 Online); Senior (65+) $10 ($9 Online); Youth (13-18) $7.50 ($6.50 Online); Child (12 & younger) FREE; Military (ID Required) $10; Student (ID Required) $7.50 Ticketed exhibitions require an additional admission charge. Free Hours: FREE THURSDAY 10 am - 9 pm

Directions & Parking

  • Free Parking
  • Paid Parking
  • Street Parking
  • Make visiting a snap! Enlarge the map to see main-campus parking options, or download the PDF

    Parking update: A new underground parking garage, located on Montrose Boulevard, is now open!

    • The outdoor parking lot on Bissonnet, across from the Law Building, is closed permanently.
    • Parking is available in two garages: an above-ground garage at 1144 Binz Street, and a new underground garage at 5101 Montrose Blvd.
    • Guests with limited mobility: We recommend that you use the covered drop-off lane at the Main Street entrance to the Beck Building, or use wheelchair-accessible parking in the garage at 1144 Binz Street.

    Parking Garage Locations

    • 1144 Binz Street
    • 5101 Montrose Boulevard

    Parking Fees*

    Parking payments may be made only with a major credit card. Also accepted: MasterCard and Visa debit cards.
    MFAH Members Visitors
    0–30 minutes FREE FREE
    31 minutes–4 hours $6 $10
    4–12 hours $10 $18
    12–24 hours $35 $35
    *Parking is free for MFAH visitors who enter the Museum between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Thursdays. General admission to the Museum is free on Thursdays, courtesy of Shell.

    Hours

    Both parking garages are open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Special Offers / Dining

Paolo Fronza, from Fellini Caffè, runs this sophisticated dining operation. Enjoy an array of Italian-inspired fare with a Texas flair, a European-style coffee bar, a kids menu, and much more at the MFA Café, located on the lower level of the Beck Building.

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