Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden
Contemporary and Modern Art Museum with particular emphasis on art made during the last 50 years.
The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden is a Smithsonian museum located in Washington, DC, and is dedicated to modern and contemporary art. The museum was founded in 1974 and is named after its founder, Joseph H. Hirshhorn, who donated his extensive art collection to the Smithsonian Institution.
The Hirshhorn's collection features works of art from the late 19th century to the present day, and includes paintings, sculptures, prints, photographs, and more, from both American and international artists. Some of the notable artists represented in the collection include Salvador Dalí, Pablo Picasso, and Jackson Pollock, as well as contemporary artists like Yoko Ono and Nam June Paik.
The museum's design is a cylindrical shape building, which has been described as a "concrete doughnut" and it is surrounded by a sunken sculpture garden. The garden features over 40 works of modern sculpture and provides a peaceful outdoor setting in which to view the art.
The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden also hosts regular temporary exhibitions, lectures, and other educational programs, as well as a film series and a concert series. Like most Smithsonian museums, it is free to visit.
The Hirshhorn is located on the National Mall, near the Smithsonian Castle and the National Museum of American History. It's a great place for art lovers and those interested in contemporary art to visit and explore the collection and exhibitions.