Helga Aurisch is the curator of European Art for the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. Check out their website while you listen to the podcast, it’s a beautifully designed portal to great art and discussions: www.mfah.org.
Helga and I begin by talking about our fond memories of Peter Marzio who headed the museum during its most expansive years. Few people in the Houston community have done more to put our great city on the cultural map of the world and as a fan of the museum and art in general, I feel privileged to have had him on the show many times. Houston was lucky this man chose to build a world class museum. The MFAH is now among the best of its kind on the planet, a great achievement.
It is by hiring people like Helga Aurisch that the museum builds its collection and its reputation. Another frequent guest, Helga impressed me with her knowledge of things I know so little about, such as the exhibit Dutch and Flemish Masterworks from the Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo Collection which runs through February 12 and Life & Luxury: The Art of Living in Eighteenth-Century Paris which was extended through Jan 2. Also worth seeing is Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs which you can see through Apr 15.
We touch upon a lot of subjects from the modern pyramid at the Louvre Museum and Martin Scorsese’s latest masterpiece: “Hugo” which you should absolutely go to see!