Masterworks from the Hirshhorn Collection
Joseph Hirshhorn (American, b. Mitau, Latvia, 1899–1981), whose 1966 gift to the nation of nearly six thousand works led to the creation of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, was a passionate and knowledgeable collector. He amassed art by some of the greatest figures of modernism, such as Auguste Rodin and Willem de Kooning, and took risks by supporting emerging artists. Since its opening in 1974, the Hirshhorn has carried on its founder’s legacy through an active and ambitious program of acquisitions. Its highly regarded collection charts the development of modern and contemporary art from the late nineteenth century to the present, across the world, and across media.