Installation view of What Absence is Made Of

Art & Artists

The Hirshhorn holds one of the most important collections of twentieth-century art in the world. We also collect significant works by contemporary living artists. Use the search to explore our more than 12,000 artworks, including paintings, sculpture, works on paper, performance, and digital media. For more information on select works, see Collection Highlights, below.

The artworks on view change frequently. Check Works on View to see current offerings, or talk to a gallery guide at the Museum.

Works on View

The Hirshhorn continues to enrich the collection works with significant additions across a diverse range of media, from painting, photography, and mixed-media assemblage to cinema in the round and immersive Light and Space environments.
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The preservation and study of works of art in the Hirshhorn Museum’s collection is the primary responsibility of the conservators, who, along with members of the photography and registrar’s offices, make up the Collection Care and Management Department.
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Open Access

The Hirshhorn has identified several hundred works of art as CC0, or No Rights Reserved. Available images of these works and object information about them are free to download for personal and academic purposes.
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Collection Highlights

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