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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

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

“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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 “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

“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

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

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

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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