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Photos: The Hirshhorn’s Stunning New Art Installation Uses the Building as Its Canvas

The giant pastel work will be up until next spring.

Smithsonian modern art museum the Hirshhorn is undergoing renovations, and its newest art installation, from New-York based Swiss artist Nicolas Party, covers the building’s entire exterior. Titled Draw the Curtain, the piece is a pastel painting that’s been transferred to scrim, a strong fabric, then draped over the cylindrical museum’s scaffolding. The museum—which remains open—will keep the installation up until next spring. Our photographer Evy Mages checked it out last night.


All photographs by Evy Mages

Jane Recker
Assistant Editor

Jane is a Chicago transplant who now calls Cleveland Park her home. Before joining Washingtonian, she wrote for Smithsonian Magazine and the Chicago Sun-Times. She is a graduate of Northwestern University, where she studied journalism and opera.