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Various Signs: Welcome to the Hirshhorn Museum's Sculpture Garden:
First opened in 1974, this garden displays sculptures from Europe and North America from the 1880s through the 1960s. Recent works are installed on the plaza around the museum. We invite you to look , relax, study, stroll, make drawings, and take photographs. More than 400,000 people visit the Hirshhorn Museum's garden every year. Please held preserve the sculptures for future generations by not touching them.
Sculptures are more fragile than most people realize. Bronze statues are actually hollow casts with thin surfaces that are easily dented or scratched. Other metal sculptures are constructed from several sections joined together with thin welds; these weaken when additional weight is added. All sculptures suffer from urban air pollution. We try to protect our works with a delicate coating of clear wax. But this invisible protectant erodes when touched, even lightly, leaving that part of the sculpture exposed to the elements.
Thank you for not touching the sculptures.
Wikipedia Description: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
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The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden is an art museum located in Washington, D.C. on the National Mall and designed by architect Gordon Bunshaft. It is part of the Smithsonian Institution. Its collection focuses on contemporary and modern art. Outside the museum is a sculpture garden, featuring works by artists including Auguste Rodin and Alexander Calder.
The building itself is as much of an attraction as anything inside, likened by many to a large spacecraft parked on the National Mall. The building is essentially an open cylinder elevated by four massive "legs", with a large fountain occupying the central courtyard. The Smithsonian staff reportedly told Gordon Bunshaft, prior to designing the building, that if it did not provide a striking contrast to everything else in the city, then it would be unfit for housing a modern art collection.
In the late 1930s, the United States Congress mandated an art museum for the National Mall. At the time, the only venue for visual art was the National Gallery of Art, which focuses on Dutch, French and Italian art. During the 1940s World War II shifted the project into the background.
Meanwhile, Joseph H. Hirshhorn, now in his 40’s and enjoying phenomenal success from uranium mining investments, begins recreating his collection from classic French Impressionism to works by living artists, American modernism of the early 20th century, and sculpture. Then, in 1955, Joseph Hirshhorn sold his uranium interests for more than $50 million. He expanded his collection to warehouses, an apartment in New York, and an estate in Greenwich, Connecticut, with extensive area for sculpture.
A 1962 sculpture show at New York's Guggenheim Museum awakens an international art community to the breadth of Hirshhorn's holdings. Word of his collection of modern and contemporary paintings also circulates, and institutions in Italy, Israel, Canada ...More...
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