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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

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The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden is an art museum beside the National Mall in Washington, D.C., United States. The museum was initially endowed during the 1960s with the permanent art collection of Joseph H. Hirshhorn. It was designed by architect Gordon Bunshaft and is part of the Smithsonian Institution. It was conceived as the United States' museum of contemporary and modern art and currently focuses its collection-building and exhibition-planning mainly on the post–World War II period, with particular emphasis on art made during the last 50 years.[2]

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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
LocationWashington, D.C., on the National Mall
Coordinates38.8882°N 77.0230°W / 38.8882; -77.0230
TypeArt museum
Visitors1.1 million (2017)[1]
DirectorMelissa Chiu
Public transit access at L'Enfant Plaza
Hirshhorn Museum Sculpture Garden
David Smith, Cubi XII (1963)

The Hirshhorn is situated halfway between the Washington Monument and the US Capitol, anchoring the southernmost end of the so-called L'Enfant axis (perpendicular to the Mall's green carpet). The National Archives/National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden across the Mall, and the National Portrait Gallery/Smithsonian American Art building several blocks to the north, also mark this pivotal axis, a key element of both the 1791 city plan by Pierre L'Enfant and the 1901 MacMillan Plan.[3]

The building itself is an attraction, an open cylinder elevated on four massive "legs," with a large fountain occupying the central courtyard.