Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C. is one of the leading museums of modern and contemporary art in the United States.
The museum, part of the Smithsonian Institution, is housed since 1974 in a circular building on the National Mall, designed by architect Gordon Bunhaft from Skidmore, Owings and Merrill.
The museum takes its name from the financier Joseph H. Hirshhorn, who over time collected sculptures and paintings by the most important artists of the 19th and 20th century.
Hirshhorn, who once was an unwealthy Latvian immigrant to the USA, bequeathed a substantial part of his collection to the Smithsonian to express gratitude to his adoptive country.
The world-renowned permanent collection of the museum includes works, displayed on a rotating basis, by Rodin, Picasso, Matisse, Max Ernst, Henry Moore, Pollock, Rothko, Lipchitz, Calder, de Kooning, Lucio Fontana, Giacometti, Ellsworth Kelly, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, Francis Bacon and Jeff Koons, just to name a few.
As anticipated, the Hirshhorn is also famous for its sculpture garden.
The garden houses artworks by some of the most prominent American and European sculptors, surrounded by lawns and flowering trees; it is among the major cultural attractions in Washington.
The Hirshhorn organizes temporary exhibitions, special events, art interviews and talks, learning activities and creative workshops.
The museum building includes a specialized library and a gift shop.
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