You know how at random times and at random places you come across images or conversations about certain things you never knew existed? This is what happened to me with the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. It’s been some time now that I see people visiting it, posting about it and taking photos from it. I have to admit I never knew it existed or even how its name is pronounced! I mean who can pronounce it properly the first time they read it? 🙂

So every time I saw something about it I was intrigued. I have a thing for modern art, not any modern art though! And I thought some of its exhibits looked quite cool! And after visiting it I felt that most of its exhibits could have a potential appeal to anyone with a slight appreciation of arts. Unless you believe that modern art sucks anyway and that modern art is two art what typos our too literachure, that some pieces of art even you or a child could do and that even science can back you up on that! 😀 For the rest of us I’d definitely recommend a visit to the Hirschhorn Museum and its adjacent Sculpture Garden. They’re located in Washington, DC, USA.  Both have free entrance, so even if you think that modern art sucks, it can be a good change if you’re into intellectual people,  just curious, enjoy museum shopping (well i do!) or just looking for a shelter from the heat or the rain!

So the building itself might not look very appealing or inviting because it looks like this from the outside:

Even at the time it was designed it caused some controversy

Even at the time it was designed it caused some controversy

The atrium's not too bad!

The atrium’s not too bad!

Before you enter the building (I repeat for free!), there’s some interesting sculptures around it. My favourite ones were these ones:

Subcommittee by Tony Cragg

Subcommittee by Tony Cragg

Last Conversation Piece by Juan Muñoz

Last Conversation Piece by Juan Muñoz

Interesting from every angle!

Interesting from every angle!

 

The first exhibit that caught my eye and I had to stare at it for a long time and walk around it as if I were hypnotised was this one:

Norfolk Flint Circle by Richard Long

Norfolk Flint Circle by Richard Long

It was very interesting to observe! The rest of the exhibits I found intriguing included:

South America Triangle by Bruce Nauman. At that stage the security staff (in the background of the photo) informed me I'm not allowed to take photos! This is the worst thing one can tell me when I travel!

South America Triangle by Bruce Nauman. At that stage the security staff (in the background of the photo) informed me I’m not allowed to take photos! This is the worst thing one can tell me when I travel!

So since photos are not allowed apparently, I had to take a quick photo of this one. It's a shame though because this one was interesting in many levels and very photogenic, too! Oh well, there's always Google I guess: The Age of Enlightenment by Antoine Lavoisier. Sorry!

So since photos are not allowed apparently, I had to take a quick photo of this one. It’s a shame though because this one was interesting in many levels and very photogenic, too! Oh well, there’s always Google I guess: The Age of Enlightenment by Antoine Lavoisier. Sorry!

This one's a victim of a rushed photo opportunity too! So most details are lost. It's called Soundsuit and it was made by Nick Cave. Not the Nick Cave! But the performance artist one.

This one’s a victim of a rushed photo opportunity too! So most details are lost. It’s called Soundsuit and it was made by Nick Cave. Not the Nick Cave! But the performance artist one.

Delusions of Grandeur II by René Magritte. René Magritte is more famous for his Son of a Man painting, which has affected the popular culture in various ways! So this is one of his interesting paintings.

Delusions of Grandeur II by René Magritte. René Magritte is more famous for his Son of a Man painting, which has affected the popular culture in various ways! So this is one of his interesting paintings.

René Magritte is behind one of the most beautiful sculptures of the Hirschhorn Museum, The Therapeutist. I really liked this one!

René Magritte is behind one of the most beautiful sculptures of the Hirshhorn Museum, The Therapeutist. I really liked this one!

There’s no modern art museum without some Salvador Dalí! So, as part of the current Marvelous Objects: Surrealist Sculpture from Paris to New York temporary exhibition several of his artworks were featured in the galleries. The ones that stood out for me were:

and Venus de Milo with Drawers!

Venus de Milo with Drawers

 

Lobster Telephone

and Lobster Telephone!

And since no photos are allowed inside the galleries of the museum, everyone gathers at the basement floor, where the shop and the toilets are, to take photos of themselves and around. It looks like this:

Which is quite funky, but too crowded to take a photo of the place without any aspiring models! :-D

…which is quite funky, but too crowded to take a photo of the place without any aspiring models around! 😀

 

And then I went to explore the Sculpture Garden. Was it for everyone like the museum’s artworks? Hmmm…

More on this on the post to follow! Find out if the Hirshhorn Museum Sculpture Garden is worth your time or not !