It’s a year of celebration!

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Embark on a journey across centuries and continents in celebration of our centennial

In 1923, we became the Smithsonian’s first art museum on the National Mall in Washington, DC. Since then, we’ve grown our collections, expanded our buildings, and earned a reputation for excellence through a century of exhibitions, research, conservation, and cultural exchange. Our centennial year is both a milestone and a springboard for a transformative vision for our next 100 years: to become a global resource for learning, research, and cultural connection.

To mark this historic moment, we’re inviting visitors from around the globe to embark on journeys across centuries and continents through a vibrant program of exhibitions, performances, conversations, learning opportunities, and more. Check back often for more events and offerings to be added throughout the year.

Join us and be part of #TheNext100.

Bank of America is the Presenting Sponsor of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art’s Centennial.

Additional support is provided by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Korea.

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Centennial Exhibitions

From the distant past to the here and now, enter a world of stimulating questions, compelling stories, exceptional objects, and multisensory digital experiences as you engage with the past as well as the pressing issues of the present. Centennial exhibitions introduce many works never seen before in the United States, in conversation with works from our remarkable permanent collection.

  • black and white archival portrait of a man in uniform

    Freer’s Global Network: Artists, Collectors, and Dealers

    Now open

    Learn about the fascinating characters who played instrumental roles in museum founder Charles Lang Freer’s global network. A captivating display of objects—including American paintings and stoneware, Japanese ceramics, ancient Chinese bronzes, and Near Eastern pottery—illustrates that network in operation amid the shifting political and economic environment of the early twentieth century.

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  • a palace against a multihued sky, a garden sprawling in front

    A Splendid Land: Paintings from Royal Udaipur

    November 19, 2022–May 14, 2023

    Journey to the palaces, to the city, to the hills, and finally to the cosmos. With dazzling, monumental paintings and an immersive soundscape, A Splendid Land reveals how artists sought to capture the lived experience of this iconic lake city in northwest India.

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  • four details from four different artworks featuring red, gold, green and blue

    Journey of Color

    Opening early 2023

    Whether pulverizing gold, crushing lapis lazuli, or grinding cochineal insects, artists across Asia have experimented for millennia with a wealth of minerals, bugs, and plants to create eye-catching pigments.  Join us as we highlight thirty-four objects that reveal how different cultures obtained, produced, and used color to individualize their creations and tell layered, universal stories.

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  • two bronze, zoomorphic vessels

    Anyang: China’s Ancient City of Kings

    Now open

    Discover a 3,000-year-old Chinese society through its weapons, jewelry, everyday objects, and ritual treasures—all drawn from our permanent collection. Uncover this UNESCO World Heritage site—the birthplace of Chinese archaeology—and learn about the museum’s connection to its excavation.

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  • A swimmer, wearing goggles, performs the butterfly stroke in wavy splashes of water. The whole scene is rendered in vibrant segments of rainbow colors.

    Ay-Ō’s Happy Rainbow Hell

    Now open

    Enter a rainbow world with Ay-Ō, a contemporary Japanese artist closely associated with the Demokrato Artist’s Association and Fluxus movements of the 1960s and internationally regarded for his prismatic silkscreen prints. His first major survey in the United States features digital interactives that engage with Ay-Ō’s spirit of playful exploration and optimism.

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  • Centennial Events

    Mark your calendars for a full suite of programs celebrating our 100th year. From festivities to films, conversations to family events, there’s something for everyone.

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Bank of America is the Presenting Sponsor of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art’s Centennial.

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Additional support is provided by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Korea.


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