Jesús Rafael Soto’s Pénétrable is an immersive installation created with thousands of translucent plastic tubes. Experiencing this project involves your entire body as if the interactive nature has taken over. Currently this interactive exhibition is on display at the Art Institute of Chicago through March 8th, 2015. Although the last presentation of this piece was 1986, different variations of his works had been displayed and viewed around the US and internationally for decades.
Soto began his creations of these interactive installation works in 1967 with the reference to his Pénétrables that “We are in the world like fish in water”.
Jesús Rafael Soto was born in Venezuela in the 1920s. He mostly worked on creating abstract geometric paintings among other things until the development of his Pénétrables, which he made about 30 in his lifetime. In an effort to promote his work as well as increase involvement in the arts for the Venezuelan population, the Jesús Soto Museum of Modern Art was opened in Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela. This museum features Soto’s work dating from 1950 until his death in 2005