The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Contemporary Dutch Design: Selections from the Museum’s Collection

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


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.



  • 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
    • Adults $15
    • Seniors (65+ with ID) $10
    • Military (with ID) $10
    • College Students (19+ with ID) $7.50
    • Youth (13–18) $7.50
    • Children (12 & younger) FREE
    • Certain special exhibitions are ticketed, with an additional charge.
    On Thursday, general admission is free for everyone.

Directions & Parking

  • Free Parking
  • Paid Parking
  • Street Parking
  • Make visiting a snap! Visit mfah.org/parking for complete parking info, including a map you can download.

    Two Parking Garages        

    Parking Garage Hours

    Open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

    Parking Garage Fees

    • Parking payments may be made only with major credit cards, or with MasterCard and Visa debit cards.
    • The first 30 minutes are always free. On Thursday, parking is free for visitors who enter the Museum between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.
    • For hourly rates, go to mfah.org/parking
    Recommendation for guests with limited mobility: 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.

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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