Hirshhorn Plaza

Optical problems and the representation of movement occupied the practice of this contemporary Venezuelan painter and sculptor (1923–2005) for many decades. One of his Penetrables—installations that visitors entered, thus becoming participants in the works’ completion—was among the show’s centerpieces. A construction of polyethylene tubing, plastic grids, and overhead lighting, it cast a shimmering rainfall effect on visitors walking through it. Organized by the Soloman R. Guggenheim Museum, the exhibition was made up of 49 examples of Soto’s work on loan from public and private collections in the US, France, and Venezuela.