The Smithsonian's museums of Asian art, the Sackler and Freer Galleries house Asian ceramics, paintings, calligraphy and decorative arts. The Sackler Gallery holds contemporary art from Asia as well as hosting international loan exhibitions. The Sackler Gallery welcomed its first visitors in 1987.
The Freer and the Sackler are physically connected by an underground passageway and ideologically linked through the study, exhibition, and preservation of Asian art.
Whether you go or not, Ideals of Beauty: Asian and American Art in the Freer and Sackler Galleries features work from both the Freer and the Sackler galleries: American, Ancient Near East, Chinese, Indian, Islamic World, Japanese, Korean, and Southeast Asian, including ceramics, biblical manuscripts, photography, and other works of art. Each object or group of objects is accompanied by a brief description of its art historical significance or surprising or little-known aspects of its history. 138 color and 3 black-and-white illustrations.
Expanding the understanding of Buddhism in Asian art through beautiful objects and immersive spaces
Transforming familiar household objects into wondrous structures
Objects from Cambodia, Indonesia, and Thailand explore warfare, water, snakes, and the feminine
Interactive exploration of ancient Chinese bronze bells
A multifaceted exploration of photography and experimental films
Japanese woodblock artists’ reactions to the 20th-century, and its resurrection as an art form
Objects representing the cultural richness along South Arabia's historic trade route
Highlights animal shaped and decorated vessels
Whistler’s extravagant interior where Asia meets America
Reveals how Qing dynasty empresses exerted influence in the arts, religion, politics, and diplomacy