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If you’re interested in visiting galleries and museums during your trip to DC, make sure to check out DC’s stunning modern art museum The Hirshhorn during your trip. Here are the five pieces and exhibits you need to check out.

The Sculpture Garden

In addition to the indoor galleries, the Hirshhorn is also home to an outdoor sculpture garden, which features the works of an eclectic group of artists. You’ll find the modern work of Spanish artist Juan Munoz right alongside sculptures by Rodin.  On warm days, take a seat outside and enjoy the art around you.

Barbara Kruger: Belief and Doubt

This permanent exhibition takes over the entirety of the Hirshhorn’s bottom floor and features Barbara Kruger’s trademark caption-style conceptual art. With its massive floor-to-ceiling lettering, this exhibition will get you thinking and also offers the perfect opportunity for a Hirshhorn photo shoot.

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: The Utopian Projects

Make sure to check out Russian-born husband-and-wife artist team Ilya and Emilia Kabakov’s Utopian Projects exhibit during your stay in DC. The multisensory exhibit brings viewers into a whole new world created by the artists, building up into a dreamy, captivating experience. The exhibit’s audiovisual elements are also triggered by viewers’ entrances, making you feel like the creator of the exhibition’s mini-universe.

What Absence is Made Of

Drawing from the Hirshhorn’s archives and newly acquired pieces, this fascinatingly curated exhibitions brings together the work of a range of diverse artists, including Ed Atkins, On Kawara, and Ana Mendieta, showcasing works from the 1960s onwards. The pieces in the show explore five themes linked to the physical body, memory, and disappearance and disintegration.

Ron Mueck – Big Man

One of our favorite pieces in the Hirshhhorn’s permanent collection is Australian artist Ron Mueck’s piece Untitled (Big Man). Mueck’s sculpture of a nude older male is stunning in both is scale and its ordinariness, drawing the viewer into deep thought and reflection.