The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Mike and Doug Starn: Big Bambú

Sunday, Jun. 10, 2018 – Monday, Sep. 3, 2018


The immersive installation Big Bambú transforms the MFAH into a bamboo forest this summer.

Artists Mike and Doug Starn bring their internationally acclaimed Big Bambú project to the vast, central space of the Museum’s Cullinan Hall. Celebrating the spirit of cooperation, the large-scale work of art engages visitors of all ages.

This monumental, site-specific labyrinth of bamboo has been executed around the world in various iterations over the past decade. For Mike and Doug Starn: Big Bambú at the MFAH, the artists have reconceived their project as an indoor installation for the first time. A wave-shaped crest, consisting of nearly 4,000 bamboo poles lashed together, rises from Cullinan Hall to Upper Brown Pavilion, dramatically uniting the two gallery levels of the landmark space designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.

Mike and Doug Starn: Big Bambú evolves, developing in phases. During the preview phase in May, the artists team up with professional rock climbers to begin construction. Once the 20-foot-high scaffold is complete, Big Bambú continues to be shaped and reshaped. An internal, secured footpath allows visitors to enter into the dense forest of bamboo, escorted by trained guides.

American artists Mike and Doug Starn (born 1961) are identical twin brothers who create art that merges a range of media. The original installation of Big Bambú, which began in 2008, remains in continual motion at their studio in Beacon, New York. Subsequent iterations have been on display at venues around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Guggenheim Foundation in Venice, and the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. Each incarnation of the bamboo structure is customized, offering new narratives that reflect local history and current events.

► Livestream Preview
Watch as Big Bambú comes to life! Follow the progress in Cullinan Hall during installation hours.


  • 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

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    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

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    MFAH Members Visitors
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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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