Media only: Ellie Reynolds, 202.633.0521; Elizabeth Bridgforth, 202.633.0521
The Galleries will host an array of concerts, films, tours and special events to celebrate the exhibition “The Tsars and the East: Gifts from Turkey and Iran in The Moscow Kremlin.” On view May 9 though Sept. 13, the exhibition displays 65 sumptuous diplomatic gifts given to the Russian tsars by Turkish and Iranian diplomats in the 16th and 17th centuries. An unprecedented partnership between the Freer and Sackler Galleries and The Moscow Kremlin Museums has allowed these objects, rarely seen outside Russia, to be viewed for the first time in the United States. In honor of the occasion, President Dimitry Medvedev of the Russian Federation has granted the exhibition his high patronage. The Sackler Gallery will be the only venue for this exhibition.
The Galleries will host exciting programs this summer to celebrate “The Tsars and the East” exhibition:
Moscow String Quartet and “Composer between Worlds: Dimitrie Cantemir
Thursday, June 11, at 7:30 p.m., travel to 18th-century Istanbul and Moscow through the music of composer, scholar and diplomat Dimitrie Cantemir, a flamboyant and brilliant figure who served both Ottoman sultans and Russian tsars. Three instrumentalists from Istanbul join the Lux Musica ensemble to perform some of Cantemir’s 350 works of Turkish classical music and recreate the music from his Moldavian homeland and his later life in Moscow. The performance, “Composer between Worlds: Dimitrie Cantemir,” takes place at the Freer’s Meyer Auditorium. Lecture-demonstrations on Cantemir’s music, with these same musicians, will be held at the Sackler galleries on Friday, June 12, at 1 p.m., and Saturday, June 13, at 2:30 p.m.
Tickets for the May 21 and June 11 performances can be reserved in advance through Ticketmaster beginning two Monday’s before the event. Two free tickets per person will also be distributed at the auditorium one hour before showtime.
Asia after Dark
The Riches of Early Soviet Cinema
For more information and detailed descriptions of the Freer and Sackler Galleries’ exhibitions and events, visit asia.si.edu.
“The Tsars and the East: Gifts from Turkey and Iran in The Moscow Kremlin” is supported by Lukoil. Additional support is provided by the U.S.-Russia Business Council and the Russian-American Chamber of Commerce in the USA. “The Tsars and the East” is also supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities and organized in cooperation with the Russian Embassy.
The Freer Gallery of Art, located at 12th Street and Independence Avenue S.W., and the adjacent Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, located at 1050 Independence Avenue S.W., are on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. every day, except Dec. 25, and admission is free. The galleries are located near the Smithsonian Metrorail station on the Blue and Orange lines. For more information, the public may call (202) 633-1000 or visit the Web site: asia.si.edu.