Hirschorn Director to Resign Over “Bubble” Delays

May 26th, 2013

Hirshhorn Museum Director Richard Koshalek will resign from his position by the end of the year, following a split vote decision on the future of the museum’s proposed architectural “bubble,” which was planned to emerge from the top of the building’s circular structure. The project has faced a series of major delays and budgetary setbacks since its 2009 announcement. “The board was divided and could not reach a decision,” said Smithsonian Undersecretary Richard Kurin. “I think Richard was looking for a very broad endorsement, and that didn’t happen. It wasn’t about the Bubble and what it could do architecturally or what it could do for the Hirshhorn. It was much more about finances going forward.”

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