Now entering its fifth decade, the Hirshhorn is a leading voice for contemporary art and culture and provides a national platform for the art and artists of our time. Located in the heart of Washington, DC, on the National Mall, we are free to all and open 364 days a year. As one of the most visited modern art museums in the US, we seek to share the transformative power of modern and contemporary art by creating meaningful, personal experiences in which art, artists, audiences, and ideas converge.
Through groundbreaking exhibitions, events, research, and acquisitions, we create the space where people encounter the most important artists of the 21st century. The Hirshhorn’s holdings encompass one of the most important collections of postwar American and European art in the world, and we are committed to providing the artists of today a national platform to explore new ways to create, with performance, digital media, video, and technology. Nothing is off limits at the Hirshhorn, whose vast permanent collection boasts a fine range of pioneering sculpture, digital media, photography, video, performance-based pieces, and more, all from 21st-century innovators.
On our most recent visit, works selected from the permanent collection and a few new acquisitions comprised “What Absence Is Made Of,” an exhibition highlighting how artists turn absence—or the threat of absence—into ideas about materialism, remembrance, and digitalization. Designed in a hollow drum lifted 14 feet off the ground and surrounded by sculpture-filled gardens, the Hirshhorn is an ideal space to see contemporary art.