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Fiona Tan: Rise and Fall

September 25, 2010–January 21, 2011
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

This exhibition of photographs and videos by Fiona Tan, who was born in Indonesia in 1966 and now lives in Amsterdam, is the first major presentation of her work in the United States. Tan's installations deftly meld the past with the present in profoundly evocative works that explore the power of images in constructing memories and histories. Whether drawing on old photographs, seventeenth-century Dutch painting, or nineteenth-century architecture, her conceptual and aesthetic approach adds a compelling dimension to understanding Asian art and culture in the world today.

Fiona Tan: Rise and Fall is organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery and Aargauer Kunsthaus. The exhibition is generously supported by the Mondriaan Foundation, Amsterdam, with additional support from the Netherland-America Foundation.

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still from Rise and Fall

Stills from Rise and Fall, two-channel video installation, 22 minutes. Courtesy of the artist and Frith Street Gallery, London.

The Freer|Sackler is closed for renovation and reinstallation. The popular exhibition Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan is still on view in the International Gallery. (Enter through the Ripley Center.) Join us for our reopening celebration on October 14–15, 2017.