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The Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC, is showing Damage Control: Art and Destruction since 1950 until May 2014.

“From the Museum:  Art and Destruction is the first in-depth exploration of the theme of destruction in international contemporary visual culture. This ground-breaking exhibition includes works by a diverse range of international artists working in painting, sculpture, photography, film, installation, and performance. It reaches beyond art to enable a broader understanding of culture and society in the aftermath of World War II, under the looming fear of total annihilation in the atomic age, and up to the present. It explores the continuing use that artists have made of destruction as part of the creative process, sometimes sinister, sometimes playful, often iconoclastic, and always challenging.”

Harold Edgerton, still from Photography of Nuclear Detonations, 1950.

Harold Edgerton, still from Photography of Nuclear Detonations, 1950.

Jeff Wall, The Destroyed Room, 1978. Glenstone.

Jeff Wall, The Destroyed Room, 1978. Glenstone.