Exhibition Type: Art Across Asia

13 objects

Facing East: Portraits from Asia


“Facing East: Portraits from Asia” exploreed how portraits expressed identity in Asia and the Near East. Paintings, sculpture, and photographs of Egyptian pharaohs, Chinese empresses, Japanese actors and a host of other subjects reveal the unique ways that the self was understood, represented, and projected in Asian art. The exhibition included approximately 70 masterpieces from …

The Cave as Canvas: Hidden Images of Worship along the Silk Road


To coincide with the latter part of the Silk Road Festival in Washington, DC during the summer of 2002, the Sackler Gallery presented an exhibition of Central Asian Buddhist murals. This exhibition presented a group of fifteen 5th-century wall-painting fragments from the great Buddhist cave site of Qizil (also spelled Kizil) in what is now …

Asian Games: The Art of Contest


Using boards, pieces, and other game-playing paraphernalia as well as paintings, prints, and decorative arts that depict people playing games, Asian Games: The Art of Contest explores the role of games as social and cultural activities in the diverse societies of pre-modern Asia. It also highlights the paramount importance of Asia as a source of …

Kenro Izu: Sacred Sites along the Silk Road


Japanese-born New York photographer Kenro Izu is best known for his photographs of the ancient Buddhist temples at Angkor, Cambodia, his still-life images of decaying flowers and sensuous nudes. This exhibition of approximately 27 large format platinum prints focused on sacred sites in western China, Ladakh, and Tibet. Located along the historic silk trading road, …

Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice across Asia


Gallery 22 Buddhism—and the art it inspired—helped shape the cultures of Asia. Today, its extraordinary art is a source of beauty and contemplation for audiences across the world. Encountering the Buddha brings together more than two hundred artworks, spanning two millennia, to explore Asia’s rich Buddhist heritage. They represent diverse schools that arose from the …

Art of the Gift: Recent Acquisitions


The beauty and diversity of Asian art are evident throughout the collections of the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Since the opening of the Freer in 1923 and the Sackler in 1987, generous gifts and funds designated for acquisitions have expanded the collections and added to their breadth and variety. Continuing …

The Traveler’s Eye: Scenes of Asia


Travel shapes how we see the world. Long after a trip has ended, images made to guide, track, and represent travelers and their journeys continue to influence our views of other cultures and our own cultural identities. Featuring more than 100 works created over the past five centuries, The Traveler’s Eye: Scenes of Asia provides glimpses of …

Nomads and Networks: The Ancient Art and Culture of Kazakhstan


Spectacular finds from the very heart of Central Asia and the ancient Eurasian steppe cultures form the basis of Nomads and Networks: The Ancient Art and Culture of Kazakhstan challenging traditional views of early nomadic societies. From early stone petroglyphs carved with human and animal forms to mark important locations, to offering stands made of …

Seasons: Tea


A dozen examples from the Freer show how tea utensils embody changes in weather. Rough stoneware conveys warmth, for example, while porcelain is cool to the touch.

Lama, Patron, Artist: The Great Situ Panchen


Through new scholarship and recently discovered paintings, the remarkable Situ Panchen (1700-1774) is brought into focus as an artist, teacher, and founder of the Palpung monastery. Thangkas designed and painted by Situ, sculptures of his chosen deity Tara, and Chinese works from the Freer’s collection reveal Situ’s genius, his enduring influence, and his engagement with …