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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden presents Barbara Kruger Installation

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden presents an installation by Barbara Kruger. Opening Aug. 20, “Belief+Doubt” (2012) will fill the lower-level lobby and extend into the newly relocated museum bookstore. Approximately 6,700 square feet of surface—including walls, floor and escalator sides—will be covered in text-printed vinyl, surrounding viewers with lettering up to 12 feet high in a high-contrast color scheme of red, white and black.

Barbara Kruger, Belief+Doubt, 2012. © Barbara Kruger. Photo: Cathy Carver.

Documentation of the installation of Kruger’s work is now available. “What before was an area that people passed through to get someplace else has become a riveting, magnetic work of art,” said Assistant Curator Melissa Ho. “Kruger’s design brilliantly occupies and manipulates the space. Even if you know the lower level and have been working with Kruger’s plans for months, nothing prepares you for seeing the work realized.”

A variety of still photographs is ready for publication today. A time-lapse sequence will be posted on the Hirshhorn website in the near future.

“The reinvigoration of public space can transform a museum and charge circulation areas with meaning,” said J. Tomilson Hill, chairman of the Hirshhorn’s Board of Trustees. “The Hirshhorn’s Barbara Kruger exhibition reimagines the museum’s lower-level lobby as a content-rich space activated by an artist’s voice and vision. I am delighted that the museum is curating its public spaces as rigorously as its galleries, infusing them with rich visual and educational content and making them sites for deeper engagement with the issues that drive contemporary art and life.”

“Barbara Kruger: Belief+Doubt” is organized by the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and coordinated by Ho. The materials for this project have been donated by 3M.

About the Hirshhorn
The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Smithsonian Institution’s museum of international modern and contemporary art, has nearly 12,000 paintings, sculptures, photographs, mixed-media installations, works on paper and new media works in its collection. The Hirshhorn presents varied exhibitions and offers an array of public programs that explore modern and contemporary art. Located at Independence Avenue and Seventh Street S.W., the museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (except Dec. 25). Admission to the galleries and special programs is free. For more information about exhibitions and events, please visit

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