The Museum of Fine Arts Houston has plans to unveil two very exciting shows on February 21. 

The first exhibit will highlight and compare the work of two prominent artists, David Hockney and Vincent Van Gogh. 

Hockney-Van Gogh: The Joy of Nature will be stunning in its own aesthetic right. The work itself is reason enough to attend; however, a large part of the show’s major appeal is its fascinating focus. 

Hockney and Van Gogh are an unlikely duo. The two artists come from different time periods, art movements, and cultural backgrounds. Because of their stark differences, they are not often linked as comrades in the art world. In fact, this will be the first time they’ll share a show together in an American museum. 

With that being said, this curated choice is anything but random. The two creatives share one major thing in common —their appreciation, abstraction, and experimentation towards natural beauty. Through a total of 57 works, viewers will be able to ponder the parallels between this interesting pair.  


February 21st also marks the opening of Electrifying Design: A Century of Lighting. This exhibit will examine the evolution of lighting from both creative and practical perspectives. The show will feature a wide range of international pieces created by history’s most innovative designers. Through these creations, the exhibit will cover 100 years of progression. 

The two shows share a commonality in terms of the experience they initiate. They both invite the viewer to find like themes and site influences through art and design from different eras and areas. 

Mark your calendar for February! You won’t want to miss these two spectacularly thought-provoking shows.