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Painting with Words: Gentleman Artists of the Ming Dynasty
April 16, 2016 – July 24, 2016

Poetry, painting, and calligraphy: Known as the “Three Perfections,” these genres were regarded as the ultimate expressions of Chinese literati culture during the Ming dynasty (1369–1644). Painting with Words celebrates Wu School works, examining the relationship between their imagery, brushstrokes, and, especially, words.

Sackler Gallery
Symbolic Cities: The Work of Ahmed Mater
March 19, 2016 – September 18, 2016

Born in 1979 in southern Saudi Arabia and trained as a medical doctor, Ahmed Mater has been a practicing artist since the early 1990s, creating works that offer an unparalleled perspective on contemporary Saudi Arabia.

Sackler Gallery
Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan
March 5, 2016 – January 29, 2017

The exhibition by the Freer and Sackler Galleries transforms the International Gallery into an Afghan caravanserai, complete with artisan stalls and demonstrations of woodwork, calligraphy, ceramics, and jewelry.

Sackler Gallery
Heart of an Empire: Herzfeld's Discovery of Pasargadae
February 13, 2016 – July 31, 2016

Pasargadae was the first capital of the ancient Achaemenid Persian Empire (circa 540 BCE) and the last resting place of Cyrus the Great. Featuring selections from the Freer|Sackler Archives’ rich holdings of Ernst Herzfeld’s drawings, notes, and photographs, this exhibition illuminates one of the most important sites of the ancient world.

Sackler Gallery
Body of Devotion: The Cosmic Buddha in 3D
January 30, 2016 – December 2016

Like all Buddhas (fully enlightened beings), the Cosmic Buddha, a life-size limestone figure of Vairochana, is wrapped in the simple robe of a monk. Body of Devotion is an interactive installation that explores not only the work itself, but also the evolving means and methods of studying sculpture, from rubbings and photographs to the technological possibilities of today.

Sackler Gallery
Vietnam's Ceramics: Depth and Diversity
July 11, 2015 – Indefinitely

The twenty-three works in this exhibition reflect the wide variety of form and decoration in vessels for cooking, dining, storage, transport, and ritual. Vietnamese ceramics have been traded across Southeast Asia and to West Asia and Japan since the fourteenth century.

Sackler Gallery
Peacock Room REMIX: Darren Waterston's Filthy Lucre
May 16, 2015 – June 4, 2017

Filthy Lucre, an immersive interior by painter Darren Waterston, reinterprets the James McNeill Whistler’s famed Peacock Room as a resplendent ruin.

Sackler Gallery
Feast Your Eyes: A Taste for Luxury in Ancient Iran
February 4, 2012 – Indefinitely

View highly sophisticated ancient Iranian metalwork ranging from deep bowls to elaborate drinking vessels to objects in gold and silver.

Sackler Gallery
Xu Bing: Monkeys Grasp for the Moon
2004 – Indefinitely

This whimsical sculpture, hanging from the atrium to the refllecting pool, is composed of 21 laminated wood pieces, with each forming the word "monkey" in a dozen different languages.

Sackler Gallery
Sculpture of South Asia and the Himalayas
November 26, 1992 – Indefinitely

Several centuries of sculptures from South India are on view.

Sackler Gallery

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