Scenes from Hirshhorn's Sculpture Garden
Joseph H. Hirshhorn who enjoyed much success from uranium-mining investments, began creating his art collection from classic French Impressionism to works by living artists, American modernism of the early 20th century, and sculpture. He expanded his collection to warehouses, an apartment in New York, and an estate in Greenwich, Connecticut, with extensive area for sculpture.
In 1966, an Act of Congress established the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution. Most of the funding was federal, but Hirshhorn later contributed $1-million toward construction.
Joseph Hirshhorn spoke at the inauguration (1974), saying: "It is an honor to have given my art collection to the people of the United States as a small repayment for what this nation has done for me and others like me who arrived here as immigrants. What I accomplished in the United States I could not have accomplished anywhere else in the world."