7 April–5 September 2016
Artist Lecture: 7 April, 7pm
The Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden presents ‘Robert Irwin: All the Rules Will Change’, the first museum survey devoted to Irwin’s work from the pivotal decade of the 1960s. The exhibition will also include a major new commission by Irwin for the Hirshhorn Museum’s galleries.
The exhibition, whose title is drawn from the artist’s writings, consists of two parts. A historical survey chronicles the period from 1958 to 1970, during which Irwin moved from making small-scale abstract paintings to large acrylic discs and columns, before eventually abandoning working in a studio in favour of producing ephemeral installations of modest, unconventional materials, each made in response to the circumstances of a given site.
Irwin will create the immersive new installation in response to the Museum’s distinctive architecture using what has become his signature medium, scrim, a type of translucent material.
To inaugurate the exhibition, Irwin will deliver the Hirshhorn Museum’s annual James T. Demetrion Lecture on Thursday 7 April, 7pm. See full details, request free tickets and access a live webstream of the lecture here.
‘Robert Irwin: All the Rules Will Change’
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Robert Irwin in his studio, 1970.
© 1970 Steve Kahn / Artwork © 2016 Robert Irwin / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York