Latvian born Joseph Hirshhorn passed through Ellis Island at the age of six. He dropped out high school at thirteen, made a small fortune just weeks before the 1929 stock market crash then went on to make a huge fortune in Canadian uranium mining. After collecting an eclectic mix of modern art during his lifetime, he donated his entire 6,000 piece collection to the Smithsonian Museum in the United States. The donut-shaped Hirshhorn Museum was built to house the collection. When he died in 1981, he left the Smithsonian another 6,000 pieces. The Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden, located on the National Mall just north of the Museum, displays sculptures by some of the best known national and international artists.
This photo gallery contains pieces on display in the sculpture garden as well as on the lawn around the Museum. On a regular basis, the pieces on display are changed. These pieces were included at the time this photo gallery was prepared.
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