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The entry to the Cullen Sculpture Garden at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Photo by Rocky Kneten
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by Phyllis Tuchman

Twenty years ago, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston lucked out. After more than a decade of planning, the museum dedicated a sculpture garden designed by Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988) that doubles as an urban oasis. Behind a low-lying wall along Bissonnet Street, across from the MFAH’s Mies van der Rohe-designed glass and steel temporary exhibitions venue, is little more than an acre of green -- grassy mounds anchoring cedar elms and giant timber bamboo, plus masterpieces by Alberto Giacometti, Ellsworth Kelly, Henri Matisse, David Smith and more. The garden is named after Houston philanthropists Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen.