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Volume 29 – Number 5

May 1998

 


Freer Gallery of Art
75th Anniversary

Guang, a ritual wine vessel
From Anyang, Henan province
Shang period, c. 1250-1150 BCE
Bronze
Freer Gallery of Art, 38.5
Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

Commencing this month, the Freer Gallery of Art in Washington, DC will be celebrating its 75th anniversary with a series of exhibitions and events. This issue, featuring highlights of the collection, is a tribute to the legacy of its founder, Charles Lang Freer. As noted by Thomas W. Lentz in his introduction, whilst still retaining the ideals of its founder, the institution has evolved since its earlier days, and a new generation of scholars with new ideas and methodologies will lead the Gallery into the next century. Although Freer stipulated borrowing and lending restrictions to his bequest, near the end of his life he reversed the restriction in his will that no Asian works could be added to the collection. The Freer continues to acquire Asian art, while at the same time being a centre dedicated to the exhibition, research, conservation and publication of Asian art.
 
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