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Strategic Plan 2020-2025: Director’s Letter

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In a world of intensifying global connections, kaleidoscopic perspectives, and virtual realities, where does one go to make sense of things? Museums are places where one can find ways—through seeing, comparing, and appreciating—to understand and appreciate varieties of human experience. Like maps, museums tell us both where to look and how to look. And just ...
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Strategic Plan 2020-2025

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Unrooted from the Northern Qi

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Buddhist art in China rose in prominence during the Northern Qi dynasty (550–577). The array of limestone Buddhist sculptures on view in gallery 17 hints at their popularity. Northern Qi sculptures, often identified by their simplistic yet elegant form, were influenced by the Gupta style from India. The Cosmic Buddha, one of the most important ...

Whistler in Watercolor

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Online catalogue launches in November 2019 The Freer Gallery of Art is home to the world’s largest collection of watercolors by James McNeill Whistler. Originally acquired by museum founder Charles Lang Freer, the collection comprises more than fifty seascapes, figures, interiors, and nocturnes. This online catalogue introduces the artist’s vast creative output in watercolor and ...

Why Watercolors, Whistler?

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As a curatorial intern at the Freer and Sackler during the summer of 2019, I was able to view the exhibition Whistler in Watercolor numerous times. My personal favorite work is Flower Market: Dieppe, which Whistler painted in 1885. Whistler successfully conveys the liveliness of the bustling outdoor market. He achieves this by combining colors ...

Shanghai Quartet with Wu Man, pipa

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Two-time Grammy nominee Wu Man performs on pipa (Chinese lute) with the Shanghai Quartet for Red Lantern by Zhao Jiping and Zhao Lin, based on the soundtrack to Zhang Yimou’s Oscar-nominated film Raise the Red Lantern.  She and the quartet also perform Tan Dun’s seminal work, Ghost Opera. Completing the program are two pieces for ...

Meeting Tessai: Modern Japanese Art from the Cowles Collection

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Sackler Tomioka Tessai is a prime example of a modern Japanese painter. Contemporaries praised his works as being exceptionally modern, and they recognized parallels between Tessai’s work and European postimpressionism. Paintings by Tomioka Tessai (1836–1924) were so esteemed that he was one of the first Japanese artists to have his works shown in the United ...

Resources

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National Museum of Korea Investigation Report on the Seated Avalokiteshvara Curators and conservators at the National Museum of Korea in Seoul have recently conducted extensive research on this Buddhist image from the Goryeo dynasty. A preliminary investigation in 2008 revealed hidden dedication materials that were inserted into the sculpture centuries ago. A second, more comprehensive ...

Gallery Guide: Understanding South Asian Art

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The Indian subcontinent, known today as South Asia, extends as an inverted triangle from the snowbound Himalayan ranges toward the equator and includes the countries of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Bhutan. Extending some eighteen hundred miles from north to south, and almost the same distance from east to west, the area is ...