Three new exhibits open at the Smithsonian's Freer & Sackler Galleries

On March 19, three new exhibits on Japanese and Near Eastern artwork opened at the Sackler & Freer Galleries of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC.

The new exhibits are:

  • In The Realm of Princes: The Arts of the Book in 15th Century Iran and Central Asia, at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery until August 7, includes 33 of the finest 15th-century paintings, manuscripts, and portable luxury objects from Iran and present-day Afghanistan in the United States, highlighting the artistic achievements of Timurid princes and their Turkoman rivals.

  • Rusticity Refined: Kyoto Ceramics by Ninsei, a small exhibit of 11 works on display at the Freer Gallery of Art until August 14, featuring five ceramics by Nonomura Ninsei (active in the third quarter of the 17th century), considered to be one of Japan's greatest potters, with his works paired with some of the sorts of pieces he is thought to have "quoted from" in his works.

  • Games, Contests, and Artful Play in Japan, also at the Freer through September 18, focuses on Japanese depictions of games from the 14th-20th centuries, as well as ceramic and lacquer objects that continue the theme of artful play in their decoration or materials. (A related exhibit, Asian Games: The Art of Contest, is on display at the Sackler through May 15.)