The Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum sculpture garden will be renovated for the first time since the 1980s by Japanese artist and architect Hiroshi Sugimoto. Currently featuring works by Auguste Rodin, Jimmie Durham, and Yoko Ono, the sculpture garden will be opened up to the National Mall and create space for large-scale contemporary works and performances. The new concept aims to raise visibility for the garden and welcome more visitors to the museum. Sugimoto formerly redesigned the lobby of the Hirshhorn, and now turns his attention to making the sculpture garden more accessible. His concept creates a ‘front door’ for the museum and reopens an underground passage that connects the garden to the museum plaza. The plan is organized into three key areas — one for modernist works, an area for performances, and another for new installations. In 2016, the Hirshhorn was deemed eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places, so the new design is made to follow historic preservation regulations.
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