The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Olafur Eliasson: The collectivity project

Friday, Oct. 16, 2015 – Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016

Museum visitors are invited to participate in The collectivity project, an imaginary cityscape made of more than 580,000 white Lego bricks. Dive right in to help build and rebuild the structures! Over time, a collective creation takes form.

This interactive installation was conceived in 2005 by Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson (born 1967). The project has previously been installed in public squares in Tirana, Albania (2005), Oslo, Norway (2006), and Copenhagen, Denmark (2008). Most recently, Olafur Eliasson: The collectivity project was on view at the High Line in New York City (2015). The Houston presentation ​coincides with the October groundbreaking for the Museum's Fayez S. Sarofim Campus and new Glassell School of Art.

The human-scale work of art encourages visitors to engage in new ways of thinking about Houston’s built environment and social spaces. Before The collectivity project opened at the Museum, students from the Rice University School of Architecture and Texas Southern University collaborated on building the installation's initial structures.

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  • 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.

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  • Law Building, Ground Floor

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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