Peering Into a Dark Room at the Hirshhorn in Washington, DC
“What is this?” a little girl asks her dad as they peer into the dark room. With only the glow emanating from projected images to see by, it’s almost impossible to make out the twin mattresses scattered across the floor. “It’s art, honey,” he replies. Indeed: with three levels of galleries and an outdoor sculpture garden, the Hirshhorn provides a marvelous window into the modern interpretation of the concept. Within its curved walls, the museum showcases contemporary pieces that easily challenge the traditionalists housed across the National Mall. And though the more than 12,000 permanent pieces – by artists such as Giacometti, Rodin, and Yoko Ono (whose “Wish Tree” beguiles in the garden) – never fail to intrigue, it’s the visiting exhibitions that often surprise and delight. Whether permanent or temporary, however, these thought-provoking works, at home in a building that was itself conceptualized as “functional sculpture,” make an impression. One thing’s for sure: it’s art, honey, and it’s fabulous.
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