Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Freer Gallery

I am here in Washington DC for a few days of vacation and then the Creative Arts Business Summit. 

My husband I visited the Freer Gallery of Art, which, together with the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, forms the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Asian Art. 

One of the exhibits I loved the best was the Peacock Room. The room was the dining room of Frederick Leyland in London, was redecorated by the artist James McNeill Whistler in 1876-77 and eventually purchased and shipped in its entirety to America in 1904 by Charles Lang Freer and re-assembled in an annex to his home in Detroit. Freer filled the shelves with over 250 ceramics he collected from all over Asia

The room was again dismantled and reinstalled as part of the Freer Gallery.

Here are 2 photos from the room.  The lighting was very low so some of the wall decoration is hard to see but the arrangement of the ceramics and the decoration on the walls and shutters was spellbinding!

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