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The Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden is a leading voice for contemporary art and culture and provides a national platform for the art and artists of our time. We seek to share the transformative power of modern and contemporary art with audiences at all levels of awareness and understanding by creating meaningful, personal experiences in which art, artists, audiences and ideas converge. We enhance public understanding and appreciation of contemporary art through acquisition, exhibitions, education and public programs, conservation, and research.

The Hirshhorn Museum's 40th Anniversary timeline celebrates the first museum on the National Mall devoted to modern art and one of the world’s leading museums of contemporary and modern art, the striking round building is home to a highly regarded permanent collection and pioneering exhibitions that reflect the best art of our time. The museum kicks off its yearlong 40th anniversary celebration with two new exhibitions on October 16. At the Hub of Things: New Views of the Collection and Days of Endless Time. A series of free public programs is planned as part of the anniversary celebration. The Museum has also made a number of new acquisitions in this anniversary year, including significant works by the Guerrilla Girls, Laurel Nakadate, Catherine Opie, and Thomas Struth. This timeline will be updated through time, please make sure to visit again for great Hirshhorn content!