Artists Transforming Afghanistan

Freer|Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.
March 2016 - October 2017
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From its critical position on the ancient Silk Road, Afghanistan absorbed traditions from India, Persia, and Central Asia and blended them into a distinct artistic culture. An exhibition at the Smithsonian Museum explored this rich and fascinating heritage.

Turquoise Mountain has transformed the Murad Khani district of Old Kabul from slum conditions into a vibrant cultural and economic centre. To tell this transformative story of culture and heritage, Turquoise Mountain brought the work of Afghan woodworkers, potters and calligraphers to the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C. Visitors to the Freer & Sackler Galleries were greeted by fine carved cedar panels and artworks, spectacular contemporary carpets, jewellery, and calligraphy, all complemented by videos of and talks by the Afghan artisans who made them.

March 2016 - October 2017

Freer Gallery of Art / Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, 1050 Independence Ave SW, Washington D.C. 20013-7012