THE CONTEMPORARY ASIAN ART PROGRAM at the Freer and Sackler Galleries encourages new and provocative ways of thinking about Asian art and culture today. Whether drawing upon traditional Asian aesthetic and cultural traditions or new media concepts and practices, many Asian artists are playing a critical role in redefining our understanding of Asia and the development of global contemporary art. Since 1999, groundbreaking exhibitions and programs of contemporary Asian art at the Freer and Sackler Galleries have explored modern historical developments and current environments of social change and artistic production in the regions represented in the Galleries’ world-renowned collections and areas of scholarship.
Soon after its opening in 1987, and with the advent of the Perspectives series in 2003, the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery has been exhibiting modern and contemporary works in a range of media by such artists as Isamu Noguchi, Roy Lichtenstein, Xu Bing, Raghubir Singh, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Fiona Tan, Yayoi Kusama, Do-Ho Suh, Jananne Al-Ani, and Anish Kapoor, among many others.
The museum’s commitment to contemporary art is stronger than ever with the proceeds of the 25th Anniversary Gala benefitting the Contemporary Asian Art endowment. Join us as we look forward to another quarter-century of new and thought-provoking art and public programs.