On November 21, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston (MFAH) opened the Nancy and Rich Kinder Building, designed by Steven Holl Architects. The new 237,000-square-foot building, the third gallery building of the MFAH, is dedicated to the display of the museum’s outstanding and fast-growing international collections of modern and contemporary art. It completes the decade-long expansion and enhancement of the MFAH’s Susan and Fayez S. Sarofim Campus.
Gary Tinterow, Director, the Margaret Alkek Williams Chair, MFAH, said, “A century after the museum’s founding by a group of local art lovers, it is thrilling to place the finishing touches on the Susan and Fayez S. Sarofim Campus, the most complete expression of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. None of them could have imagined the scale, scope, and sweep of the museum campus, nor the breadth of its collections. But thanks to hundreds of generous donors, led by the Sarofims and Nancy and Rich Kinder, we have been able to construct magnificent new facilities for the display of the art of the preceding century and of our time, and to provide new plazas and gardens that will make the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston the cultural hub of the region. I extend my gratitude and congratulations to Steven Holl and Chris McVoy and repeat my heartfelt thanks to the legion of patrons who made this vast undertaking possible.”
The Kinder Building opened with the first comprehensive installation of the museum’s collections of modern and contemporary artworks, drawn from the collections of Latin American and Latino art; photography; prints and drawings; decorative arts, craft, and design; and modern and contemporary art.