At the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden,even the architecture is contemporary. An immense raised hollow cylinder surrounding an open-air fountain,the museum manages to stand out on the National Mall filled with unique architecture.
One of seven art museums within the Smithsonian,the Hirshhorn is known for its modern and contemporary art collections,which are frequently rotated as new exhibitions go on display.
Hirshhorn representatives say they are proud of their current exhibition, “Fragments in Time and Space,” which is primarily composed of works from the museum’s own collection to showcase conceptualized pieces of time and space. One centerpiece of the show is Douglas Gordon’s “Play Dead; Real Time,” a 21-minute video loop showing an elephant lying in an empty room.
Don’t let stifling heat keep you away from the Sculpture Garden outside. The stunning sculptures and reflection pool offer a quiet retreat from the chaos of the Mall.
Michael’s pick: George Bellows’ painting “Ringside Seats” depicts a lively boxing ring from the early 1900s. As a sports fan,I found the piece to be accurate yet open to personal interpretation.
Lindsey’s pick: The gift shop is probably the bestof all the Smithsonian Museums. Don’t forget to stop there on your way out.
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