The Hirshhorn Museum holds about 11,500 artworks including paintings, sculptures, works on paper, photographs, film and videos and installation based works. In addition to Joseph H. Hirshhorn’s gifts and bequests, these holdings comprise collections acquired since 1974, and additional gifts and bequests of generous benefactors. The Hirshhorn continues to collect and strengthen its holdings of certain artists and mediums. Recently, the Hirshhorn began a new group called the Collections Acquisitions Council, a group committed to researching and acquiring contemporary works of art, sometimes by emerging artists. To learn more about how the Hirshhorn continues to collect the most exciting contemporary art in the nation visit our recent acquisitions page.