What Absence Is Made Of

October 19, 2017 – August 2019

Condensation Cube, Hans Haacke, German, b. Cologne, 1936

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Independence Avenue at 7th Street, SW
Washington, DC

3rd Level Floor Plan

More than 70 recent acquisitions and rarely shown works 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 use absence—the loss of body, of physical form or of memory—as a form of artistic expression for more than 70 years.