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Subodh Gupta Transforms Sackler Pavilion Into Immersive Urban Landscape

Sackler Contemporary Installation “Terminal” Opens as Part of Freer|Sackler’s Reopening Oct. 14

2017-08-23 | Press Release | Images

“Divine Felines” Highlights the Importance of Cats in Ancient Egypt

Exhibition Explores Depictions of Cats From Domesticated Animal to Symbols of Divinity

2017-08-01 | Press Release | Images

Smithsonian’s Sackler Gallery Explores Rich Buddhist Heritage of Asia

“Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice Across Asia” To Go On View Oct. 14

2017-07-27 | Press Release | Images

Ancient Bells of China Resound Throughout Smithsonian’s Sackler Gallery

Exhibition Offers Visitors Dynamic Experience of Bells From Chinese Bronze Age

2017-07-12 | Press Release | Images

Art Conservation Goes Al Fresco

Sculptures Come Out of Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery To Receive Preservation Work in Public View

2017-07-07 | Press Release

Made in Hong Kong Film Festival Takes a Look at Movies Made After the Transfer to China

Freer and Sackler Galleries’ 22nd Annual Film Festival To Include U.S. Premiere of 4K Digital Restoration of Landmark 1997 Film “Made in Hong Kong”

2017-07-06 | Press Release

Dame Professor Jessica Rawson To Be Awarded the Charles Lang Freer Medal

Museums’ Award Marks Lifetime Contributions to Asian Art

2017-05-26 | Press Release

Director of Smithsonian’s Asian Art Galleries Announces Plan To Retire

Julian Raby has announced that he will retire from his position at the beginning of 2018 after 15 years with the Institution

2017-05-26 | Press Release

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery To Reopen With Weekend-long Celebration

The Two Galleries Reopen Oct. 14 as the Place Where Asia Meets America

2017-05-23 | Press Release

“Kung Fu Wildstyle” Exhibition Explores Pop Culture Through Contemporary Street Art

Paintings by Fab 5 Freddy and MC Yan Debut at the Sackler Gallery April 1

2017-03-28 | Press Release

Sackler Gallery Reunites Monumental Utamaro Triptych April 8

Exhibition Explores the Fantasies and Realities of Edo Japan’s “Floating World”

2017-03-10 | Press Release | Images

Sackler Gallery To Temporarily Close for Updates and Revitalization July 10

Smithsonian's Freer and Sackler Reopen Oct. 14 With Weekend Celebration

2017-03-06 | Press Release


Fall Film Series To Feature Third China Onscreen Biennial

Freer and Sackler Galleries’ Fall Films To Include New and Classic Chinese Films

2016-11-10 | Press Release

Exhibition Reunites Japanese Ukiyo-e Master’s Triptych for First Time Since Late 1880s

Utamaro’s Monumental Paintings Brought Together in Washington, D.C., at Sackler Gallery

2016-11-02 | Press Release | Images

Smithsonian’s Sackler Gallery Presents First Major U.S. Exhibition of Qur’ans

“The Art of the Qur’an: Treasures from the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts” Will Be On View Oct. 22–Feb. 20, 2017

2016-10-04 | Press Release | Images

Afghan Artisans Coming to Washington, D.C., To Demonstrate Their Crafts and Creativity in Vibrant Exhibition

“Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan” Remains on View in Smithsonian’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Through Jan. 29, 2017

2016-09-19 | Press Release

“Jades for Life and Death” Digital Catalog Features Ancient Chinese Jades Collection

Freer and Sackler Launches Online Bilingual Catalog of Objects From Stone Age to Han Dynasty

2016-09-13 | Press Release

“Performing Indonesia” Celebrates the Music, Dance, Theater and Fashion of the Island Nation Sept. 10–Nov. 19

Three-month Festival To Showcase the Many Manifestations of Culture in Indonesia

2016-08-25 | Press Release

Powerful Color Unites a Rare Dish and a Rothko Painting at the Smithsonian’s Sackler Gallery

On View Sept. 3–Feb. 20, 2017, Exhibition Reveals the Visual Power of Reds

2016-08-23 | Press Release | Images

International Screen Star Kara Wai To Headline 2016 Made in Hong Kong Film Festival

Freer and Sackler Galleries’ 21st Annual Film Festival To Include World Premiere and 3-D Screenings

2016-07-18 | Press Release

“Chinamania” Installation by Artist Walter McConnell Features a Profusion of Porcelain at the Smithsonian’s Sackler Gallery

On View July 9–June 4, 2017, Exhibition Completes Cycle in Conjunction With “Peacock Room REMIX: Darren Waterson’s Filthy Lucre”

2016-07-08 | Press Release | Images

“Painting With Words: Gentleman Artists of the Ming Dynasty” Opens April 16

Exhibition Will Showcase Works From Freer|Sackler’s Preeminent Wu School Collection

2016-03-23 | Press Release | Images

Afghan Creativity, Resilience and Hope Are Highlighted in Dynamic Exhibition

“Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan” To Open March 5

2016-03-02 | Press Release | Images

“Turquoise Mountain” Features Women Artists Reviving Afghan Traditions

Afghan Artisan Sughra Hussainy Featured on International Women’s Day

2016-02-28 | Press Release

First US Solo Exhibition of Saudi Arabian Artist Ahmed Mater Opens March 19

“Symbolic Cities: The Work of Ahmed Mater” To Debut New Project on Riyadh

2016-02-22 | Press Release | Images

“The Cosmic Buddha in 3D” Exhibition To Open Jan. 30

“Sixth-Century Sculpture Highlighted Through New Technology in Interactive Exhibition

2016-01-11 | Press Release | Images


“The Lost Symphony” Tells Story of a Painting That Does Not Exist

Exhibition Also Offers First Opportunity since 1904 to View Masterwork Outside of the Peacock Room

2015-12-04 | Press Release | Images

Mitsubishi Corp. To Donate $1 Million to Freer and Sackler Galleries

Sponsorship Supports U.S.–Japan Collaboration and Outreach

2015-11-24 | Press Release

Freer Gallery’s Final Weekend Open Before Renovation Marked by Special Event Jan. 2–3, 2016

Exhibitions With Artistic Connections to Sackler Gallery Featured

2015-11-19 | Press Release

Contemporary Art Installation at Smithsonian’s Sackler Gallery Explores Images of Egypt

Immense Tapestry by Lebanese-Egyptian Artist Lara Baladi Opens Aug. 29

2015-07-29 | Press Release | Images

Key Artifacts from ISIS-endangered Palmyra, Syria, On View at the Freer and Sackler Galleries

3-D Scan of Rare Funerary Bust Will Be Available to Explore and Download

2015-06-08 | Press Release

Freer and Sackler Galleries Present Once-in-a-Lifetime Exhibition of Legendary Japanese Master Tawaraya Sōtatsu Oct. 24–Jan. 31, 2016

“Sōtatsu: Making Waves” and Related Exhibition “Bold and Beautiful” Celebrate 400th Anniversary of Popular Japanese Rinpa Style

2015-06-02 | Press Release | Images | Events

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzō Abe Awards $1 Million to Freer and Sackler Galleries, Inducts Director into Order of the Rising Sun

Honors Recognize Smithsonian Leadership in Japanese Art, Upcoming Tawaraya Sōtatsu Exhibition

2015-04-30 | Press Release

Smithsonian’s Sackler Gallery Welcomes “Peacock Room REMIX: Darren Waterston’s ‘Filthy Lucre’” May 16

Opening Events Feature Gala Co-Hosted by Gillian Anderson, “Art and Money” Panel, Artist Talk, Free Evening Open Houses and “Asia After Dark” After-Hours Party

2015-04-08 | Press Release | Images

The Prince of Wales Attends Meeting at the Freer and Sackler Galleries To Discuss 2016 Exhibition

Exhibition Will Showcase Turquoise Mountain’s Revival of Artisans in Afghanistan

2015-03-18 | Press Release

Smithsonian's Museums of Asian Art Celebrate Japanese Arts and Culture for the 2015 Cherry Blossom Festival

Highlights Include Free Daylong Event March 28, New Commemorative Book and Japanese Art Exhibitions

2015-02-18 | Press Release | Images

Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art to Close January 2016 for Major Renovations

Exhibitions, Collections and Programs Continue at Sackler Gallery and Online

2015-02-11 | Press Release

Free Winter and Spring Concerts at the Freer and Sackler Galleries

Feature Music from Japan, Korea, China, Iran and India

2015-02-04 | Press Release

Artist Darren Waterston Recreates Iconic Peacock Room as a Magnificent Ruin at Smithsonian' Sackler Gallery

Contemporary Alter Ego Reveals Dramatic History of Whistler' Famous Masterpiece May 16

2015-01-20 | Press Release | Images | Media Sponsors


Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery Showcases Chinese Yuan Dynasty Treasures This Winter

Exhibitions Feature Rare Landscape Paintings and Exquisite Ceramics from the 13th to 14th Centuries

2014-11-25 | Press Release

Freer Gallery Founder Charles Lang Freer’s First Whistler Purchase To Go On View Oct. 18

Chance Encounter Led to World–Renowned Collection and Founding of Smithsonian’s First Art Museum

2014-10-13 | Press Release | Images

“Unearthing Arabia” at Smithsonian’s Sackler Gallery Uncovers the Drama Behind Great Discoveries

Opening Oct. 11, Exhibition Explores One of the First Archaeological Expeditions to Yemen

2014-09-09 | Press Release | Images

Smithsonian Icon Will Be ‘Yarnbombed’ with 6 Miles of Red Yarn

One of the Smithsonian’s most iconic and photographed scenes will be blanketed with bright red yarn early in the morning of Friday, Aug. 29

2014-08-28 | Press Release | Images

Words Take Flight in Persian Calligraphy at Sackler Gallery

Opening Sept. 13, “Nasta‘liq: The Genius of Persian Calligraphy” Is First Exhibition on Persia’s Most Popular and Visually Stunning Script

2014-08-13 | Press Release | Installation | Images

West Point Cadets Come to the Freer and Sackler Galleries

West Point Cadets Visit Freer and Sackler Galleries’ Whistler Exhibition and Collections in Honor of Famous Alumnus Whistler’s 180th Birthday

2014-08-12 | Media Advisory

Japanese Artist Chiharu Shiota Installs Monumental Work in Smithsonian’s Sackler Gallery

Assembled Beginning Aug. 18, Public Installation Embodies Personal Memories

2014-07-28 | Press Release | Images

Freer and Sackler Galleries Receive Bequest of Rare Prints of India

Collection Creates First Public Resource for Studying Early European and American Images of India

2014-06-16 | Press Release | Images

Rare Chinese Landscape Paintings Return to View at Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art

Opening May 17, Exhibition Illustrates the Evolution and Legacy of Song Dynasty Stylistic Masterpieces

2014-05-12 | Press Release | Images

Sackler Gallery Welcomes “An American in London: Whistler and the Thames” with Sneak Preview Open House May 2

Other Free Public Programs Include Film Series, Curator Tours and ImaginAsia “London Nights” Family Workshop

2014-04-08 | Press Release

Donna Strahan Joins Smithsonian’s Freer and Sackler Galleries as Head of Conservation and Scientific Research

Donna Strahan has joined the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, the Smithsonian’s museums of Asian art, as the head of the Department of Conservation and Scientific Research.

2014-03-27 | Press Release

Smithsonian’s Sackler Gallery Hosts Largest U.S. Display of American Master James McNeill Whistler in a Generation

Opening May 3, “An American in London: Whistler and the Thames” is First Major Exhibition of Whistler’s Influential Early London Period

2014-03-03 | Press Release | Media Preview | Images | Gallery Views | Press Preview Video | List of Events

Smithsonian’s Freer and Sackler Galleries Celebrate Japanese Arts and Culture

Special Events and Exhibitions Commemorate the 2014 National Cherry Blossom Festival from March 20 to April 13

2014-02-26 | Press Release

Smithsonian’s “Kiyochika: Master of the Night” Reveals a Lost Tokyo

Woodblock Prints by Japan’s First Modern Artist Debut at Sackler Gallery During National Cherry Blossom Festival

2014-02-10 | Press Release | Images | Press Preview Audio

Legendary 700-Year-Old Tea Jar “Chigusa” To Be Displayed at the Smithsonian’s Sackler Gallery

Exhibition Recreates World of 16th-Century Japanese “Art of Tea” for Renowned Object’s U.S. Debut

2014-01-07 | Press Release | Images | プレスリリース | 報道用画像


Special Events Mark Final Weeks of Smithsonian’s “Yoga: The Art of Transformation”

Sackler Gallery Hosts Medical Yoga Symposium and Closing Weekend Celebration

2013-12-16 | Press Release | Images

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Presents Works by Photojournalist Ara Güler

JHU Student-Curated Exhibition Examines the Photography Debate between Documentation and Art

2013-11-19 | Press Release | Images

Rare Early Biblical Manuscripts Return to View at Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery

Washington Codex and Old Testament Gospels Displayed in Whistler’s Peacock Room Starting Nov. 16

2013-11-04 | Press Release | Images

Smithsonian’s Freer and Sackler Galleries Host Major Indonesian Music Festival

Free Public Festival Features Music, Dance, Film, Workshops

2013-10-24 | Press Release

“Yoga: The Art of Transformation” Premieres Oct. 19 at the Smithsonian’s Sackler Gallery

Public Programs Celebrate the First Exhibition on the Art of Yoga, Including Opening Festival Oct. 26 and Yoga Classes in the Galleries

2013-09-24 | Press Release | Media Opening Events | Images | Fact Sheet | Q&A

Smithsonian Exhibition Traces European and American Fascination with Indian Devotion

Exhibition Coincides with the Opening of “Yoga: The Art of Transformation” Saturday, Oct. 19

2013-09-16 | Press Release | Images

Rare Southern Arabian Artifacts Find Home at Smithsonian's Sackler Gallery

History Preserved in Sand Reveals Clues to the Ancient Qataban Civilization

2013-08-29 | Press Release | Images

Freer Gallery Celebrates the 155th Anniversary of James McNeill Whistler's Beginnings as an Artist

Opening Sept. 28, "Off the Beaten Path" Reveals Young Artist's Journey

2013-08-28 | Press Release | Images

Smithsonian Surpasses $125,000 Goal for its First Major Crowdfunding Campaign

Communities Contribute $170,000 to Support First Exhibition on the Art of Yoga

2013-07-08 | Press Release

Alec Baldwin and Hilaria Thomas to Chair Smithsonian Gala in Honor of First Exhibition on the Art of Yoga

“Yoga: The Art of Transformation” Opens Oct. 19 at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington, D.C.

2013-06-14 | Press Release

Smithsonian's Sackler Gallery Debuts World's First Exhibition on the Visual History of Yoga

“Yoga: The Art of Transformation” Opens Fall 2013, Supported by the Museum’s Inaugural Crowdfunding Campaign

2013-05-14 | Press Release | Images | Fact Sheet

Smithsonian’s Freer and Sackler Galleries Celebrate the Arts of Japan

Special Events Commemorate the 2013 National Cherry Blossom Festival

2013-04-13 | Press Release

New Exhibition Documents the Rise of Xu Bing’s Monumental “Phoenixes”

Opening April 27, “Nine Deaths, Two Births” Explores Inspiration Behind Artist’s Newest Work

2013-04-09 | Press Release

New Online Resource Brings Peacock Room into the Digital Realm

“Story of the Beautiful” Website Is First Comprehensive Online Guide to Whistler’s Masterpiece

2013-02-04 | Press Release

Glimpse a 'Promise of Paradise' in Freer Gallery's Chinese Buddhist Sculpture

Ancient Masterpieces Revealed for Museum’s 90th Anniversary

2013-01-14 | Press Release | Images

Japanese Illustrated Books Tell of Vibrant Reading Culture in Edo-Period Japan

Gerhard Pulverer Collection Opening April 6 at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

2013-01-14 | Press Release | Images | Press Release (日本語)

'One Man's Search for Ancient China' Leads to Smithsonian's Sackler Gallery On Jan. 19

Exhibition of Paul Singer Collection Marks New Beginnings for Research in Ancient Chinese Art

2013-01-14 | Press Release | Images

2,600 Years of World History in One Iconic Object: The Cyrus Cylinder Makes its US Debut

Cyrus Cylinder Launches U.S. Tour March 9 at Smithsonian’s Sackler Gallery

2013-01-14 | Press Release | Images | Fact Sheet | Catalogue Forward


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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.