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The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston presents its first touring retrospective of Colombian artist Olga de Amaral

Marisol Gallagher

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HOUSTON, TX — The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is pleased to present Olga de Amaral: To Weave a Rock, the first major touring retrospective of the prolific, visionary Colombian artist this summer. Amaral's pioneering visual language has helped transform the fiber art movement.

This exhibition is co-organized by the MFAH and the Cranbrook Art Museum and the exhibition traces Amaral’s architectural investigations of the woven form through some fifty works created during the past six decades, ranging from her early Muros (Walls) series to the more recent immersive installation Brumas (Mists).

Olga de Amaral said this retrospective allows audiences to see the six decades of her work side by side for the first time. “The exhibition was also co-created with Cranbrook Art Museum, the museum of my alma mater, Cranbrook Academy of Art, which is such an important part of my creative history and where I met my husband, the artist Jim Amaral. This retrospective and publication have been years in the making, and I feel they are a wonderful showcase of my life’s work,” she explained.

Olga de Amaral: To Weave a Rock will be open from July 25 until September 19, 2021, before traveling to the Cranbrook Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan in October and the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in late 2022.

Co-curators Anna Walker, Assistant Curator, Decorative Arts, Craft, and Design at the MFAH; and Laura Mott, Senior Curator of Contemporary Art and Design at Cranbrook Art Museum, chronicle Amaral’s career through four thematic sections: “Radical Materialism”, “Rebel Warp”, “Alchemy” and “The Line.” They also devote two galleries to the artist’s immersive Brumas (Mists) and Estelas (Stele) series.

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