Thursday, May 29, 2014

Modern Art Museum


One of the many, many must see attractions in Washington DC is the beautiful Hirshhorn Museum which is part of the Smithsonian complex.  Joseph H Hirshhorn endowed the museum during the 1960's with his vast collection of modern art.  Today it is one of the "big five" modern art museums in the U.S.

The building itself is a modern work of art.  It is shaped in a circle with the center open as a courtyard.  The whole thing stands on four massive legs that hold it up from the ground level.  It is said that the Smithsonian staff told the architects "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."  I think they accomplished the task at hand.

On the mall side of the museum is a large sculpture garden with a variety of wonderful sculptures to admire.  To the left is one of Rodin's "The Burghers of Calais."


6 comments:

llandudnopictures said...

It certainly does look very unique!

Lois said...

I have always liked this building.

Judy said...

What an interesting looking building that is.

Lowell said...

Well, this is going on my "bucket" list! I remember Rodin's sculpture from the Rodin Museum in Paris. Very moving.

RedPat said...

Such an unusual building!

Jack said...

I am really embarrassed. I have been to Washington many times, but I have never visited this museum. Maybe the fact that it is ugly influenced that decision.