By Kyle Mullin
Imagine planning a birthday bash as a work of art.
That’s exactly what coordinators of the Sackler Gallery’s 25th Anniversary China Celebration are doing. The reception, to be held at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing on July 10, marks the quarter century milestone of one of America’s most renowned Chinese art venues, the Smithsonian’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington, D.C. Over the years that gallery has collaborated with the same city’s Freer Gallery of art to place Asian works before American patrons’ eyes.
The Beijing reception, which is a joint celebration that also marks the 100th anniversary of the National Museum of China, will no doubt feature China’s elite artist rubbing shoulders. And for good reason- the Sackler’s walls have been adorned with several key Chinese artworks over the years. Those pieces have included The Empress Dowager Cixi, a pivotal and aptly titled turn of the century photograph that captures the end of an era in China (see the image above). Other works include the digital recreation of a Buddha’s decapitated skull from Northern Xiangtangshan, and artifacts like the Graduated set of six yong bells preserved from the Early Eastern Zhou dynasty.
Sackler Gallery’s 25th Anniversary China Celebration
July 10, 2012
The U.S. Embassy, No. 55 An Jia Lou Lu
For more information, visit http://asia.si.edu/sackler25