The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden will exhibit Sean Scully: Landline, September 13-January 6, 2019.The artist's Landline series includes a variety of media, with nearly 40 oil paintings, pastels, watercolors, and photographs (1999–2017). The exhibition "marks the first chance for audiences to experience the full range of Scully’s latest evolution, including nearly two dozen works never before seen by the public."
The Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden will exhibit Tino Sehgal: This You, September 1-October 14.Sehgal, who lives & works in Berlin, employs the body, voice, and movement to create his works rather than traditional art materials.This You will be the first exclusively live work acquired for the Museum’s permanent collection in its forty-four-year history. The outdoor piece on the Hirshhorn’s Plaza and in the Sculpture Garden will feature a solo female singer “who will connect with visitors to produce intimate and memorable experiences.” Expanding on the work of Conceptual artists, Sehgal created the work “in part as a response to the over-proliferation of objects.” The “constructed situations” will not be documented through recordings, photographs, or videos but will remain ephemeral.
The Hirshhorn is exhibiting Baselitz: Six Decades thru September 16. The exhibition is the first major US retrospective in more than twenty years of one of Germany’s greatest living artists, marking his 80th birthday. More than 100 works highlight every phase of Baselitz’s six-decade career from the 1950s to today. The exhibition features iconic paintings, works on paper and wood, and bronze sculptures from renowned private and public collections across Europe and North America. The exhibition is curated by Hirshhorn Chief Curator Stéphane Aquin and the Beyeler Curator-at-large Martin Schwander.
The Hirshhorn is displaying a major new exhibition titled What Absence Is Made Of, thru Summer, 2019.The exhibition features more than 70 recent acquisitions and rarely- shown works that “reimagine the extensive permanent collection. Prompted by today's increasing focus on the material and digital worlds, the exhibition explores the compelling and enigmatic ways in which artists have used absence - the loss of body, of physical form or of memory - as a form of artistic expression for more than 70 years. The exhibition is organized by Hirshhorn curator-at-large Gianni Jetzer, and it will completely transform the Hirshhorn's third-floor galleries
The Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden is exhibiting contemporary artist Mark Bradford’s Pickett’s Charge, thru November 12, 2018. The Los Angeles-based artist’s monumental new commission was inspired by artist Paul Philippoteaux’s nineteenth-century cyclorama in Gettysburg National Military Park, Pennsylvania. The cyclorama depicts the final charge of the Battle of Gettysburg, which historians cite as “the critical turning point of the Civil War and, consequently, of American history. Working with a combination of colored paper and reproductions of the original, Bradford collages and transforms the historic Gettysburg imagery into a series of eight powerful, abstract paintings.” The exhibition is curated by Evelyn Hankins.
Image below: Mark Bradford in his Los Angeles studio with details of Pickett's Charge, 2017. Courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Agata Gravante.
The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden commissioned acclaimed Japanese artist Hiroshi Sugimoto to transform the museum's lobby, and the new lobby opened in February. The redesign of the space was the first in the museum's 42-year history. The redesign coincides with the opening of a Dolcezza Coffee & Gelato venue in the lobby's east end. The venue is the museum's first permanent food and beverage offering and the only locally-owned café at the Smithsonian. The new initiatives are “part of a larger plan to transform the overall museum experience, designed to encourage creativity and foster greater connections between visitors and the artists of the time.”
Images below: Two renderings of the Hirshhorn's lobby designed by artist Hiroshi Sugimoto.