changsha bowls

Ranks of perfectly preserved painted Changsha bowls.

About the Organizers

The Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

The Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery contain some of the most important holdings of Asian art in the world. In addition, the Freer is home to important examples of late-nineteenth-century works of American landscape and portraiture by James McNeill Whistler and his contemporaries. The Sackler is host to contemporary art from Asia as well as international loan exhibitions. Together, both galleries form the national museums of Asian art at the Smithsonian Institution, and are dedicated to the acquisition, care, study, and exhibition of works in their collections.

The National Heritage Board

The National Heritage Board (NHB) actively champions the development of a vibrant cultural and heritage sector in Singapore. It makes heritage enriching, relevant, accessible and enjoyable to all by employing best practices and cutting-edge technology. To date, there are eight leading national museums and heritage centres under the NHB. They are the Asian Civilisations Museum, Memories at Old Ford Factory, National Museum of Singapore, Peranakan Museum, Reflections at Bukit Chandu, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore Philatelic Museum and The National Art Gallery, Singapore. Collectively, the museums and heritage centres have garnered record-breaking visitorship year after year, with 2.82 million visitors in 2009.

The Singapore Tourism Board

The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) is a leading economic development agency in tourism, one of Singapore’s key service sectors. Known for partnership, innovation, and excellence, the Board champions tourism and builds it into a key economic driver for Singapore.

Asian Civilisations Museum

The Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) is the first museum in the region to present a broad yet integrated perspective of pan-Asian cultures and civilisations. As one of the National Museums of Singapore under the National Heritage Board, ACM promotes a better appreciation of the rich cultures that make up Singapore’s multi-ethnic society.

Changsha bowls were found packed inside large jars. Photo by M. Flecker.