Houston’s art scene once again takes the center stage as the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston hosts the legendary work of artist Edgar Degas. The MFAH exhibition will be the first and only U.S. venue to showcase a Degas work of this significance in 3 decades. “Degas: A New Vision” debuts at the National Gallery of Victoria in Australia before opening in Houston October 16, 2016, to January 8, 2017.

Degas, known as one of the founders of Impressionism, is most recognized for his focus on dance and historical realism. The show features 200 original works from public and private collections around the world including paintings, drawings, printmaking, sculpture, and even Degas’ little known passion for photography. The works span from the end of the 19th century to the beginnings of the 20th. No museum has ever arranged such a comprehensive retrospective on Degas life and work. 

“Degas: A New Vision will explore Degas’s measured continuity, his journey as he reworks one painting after another, and his total refusal to settle on a definitive composition,” said exhibit curator Henri Loyrette, a Paris-based Degas scholar and former director of the Louvre in an MFAH press release. “This is the distinctive genius of Degas, which makes him both a precursor and particularly relevant to today. Each period looks at the artist in a different way. What can he tell us today? That is the basic purpose of this show.”

The MFAH announces the big news in light of its $450 million expansion plan. The project includes a 164,000-square-foot exhibition space, underground parking, theater, restaurant, and café. Also in the expansion is the 80,000-square-foot Glassell School of Design. Construction is already underway with plans to finish by 2019.