In 1906, Charles Lang Freer donated his art collection – a connoisseur’s fusion of historic Asian works and American art of the Aesthetic Movement – to the Smithsonian Institution. The Freer Gallery of Art opened on the National Mall in 1923, presenting Asian art and culture to the public at a time when Americans rarely traveled to the East. Six decades later, Dr. Arthur M. Sackler (1913- 1987) made possible the construction of the Sackler Gallery, established its inaugural collection, and supported a transforming mission that enabled the acquisition and exhibition of contemporary as well as historic Asian art. Combined, the renowned collections of the Freer and Sackler make the Galleries a dynamic crossroads where “East meets West” and “old meets new.” Their depth and quality is the core of our strength in all that we accomplish: exhibitions, research, education, and conservation.
Your generous support will help us sustain the vision of our founders through the twenty-first century and beyond. In each of eight area collections—China, contemporary Asian art, India, Iran, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia, and American art of the Aesthetic Movement – we have exciting plans based on our strengths, potential, and the needs of our audiences.
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