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Corcoran to get Olga Hirshhorn collection


Collector and art patron Olga Hirshhorn has offered a collection of some 3,000 works of modern art, folk art and artifacts to Washington's Corcoran Gallery of Art, Mrs. Hirshhorn and the gallery announced yesterday.

The collection includes about 700 works of 19th- and 20th-century American and European modern art, 1,000 works of folk and related arts and 1,300 other objects including memorabilia and artifacts from other cultures.

The modern art consists of works by John Singer Sargent, Pablo Picasso, Georgia O'Keeffe, Man Ray, Henry Moore, Willem de Kooning, Louise Nevelson, Alexander Calder and others.

The works will be left to the Corcoran as a bequest, but will be on permanent loan during Mrs. Hirshhorn's lifetime. The Corcoran will hold a preview this summer.

Gallery spokeswoman Susan Rosenbaum said the whole collection has been offered to the gallery, which will make a selection from it over time. It is not known how many objects will eventually come to the Corcoran, but they will include at least several hundred of the modern art works.

Mrs. Hirshhorn is the widow of Joseph Hirshhorn, whose collection of modern art fills Washington's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. She has been collecting since the 1940s, and has been a volunteer and board member of the Corcoran Gallery and the affiliated Corcoran School of Art since the 1970s.

"The works in this collection mirror the divergent and disparate currents that characterize the art of the 20th century, enriching and complementing our current collection," said Corcoran director David Levy.

"It gives me great satisfaction to know that these works . . . will be accessible to the public and students alike," said Mrs. Hirshhorn.

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