The Smithsonian's museums of Asian art, the Freer and Sackler Galleries, house Asian ceramics, paintings, calligraphy and decorative arts. The Freer Gallery opened to the public in 1923, and the Sackler Gallery welcomed its first visitors in 1987. The two museums are physically connected by an underground passageway and ideologically linked through the study, exhibition, and preservation of Asian art.
In addition, the Freer also displays exemplary late nineteenth-century works by James McNeill Whistler and his American contemporaries, including Whistler's extraordinary Harmony in Blue and Gold: The Peacock Room.
Whistler's “harmony in blue and gold" dining room
Explores hand-molded Raku ceramics in relation to Japanese tea culture
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