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A Perfect Harmony

The Freer|Sackler Re-opening Celebration

The power to see beauty

To celebrate the renovation and re-opening of their two museums, the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, the Smithsonian’s museums of Asian Art in Washington, commissioned 59 Productions to create a spectacular public artwork to be displayed during their re-opening event IlluminAsia: A Festival of Asian Art, Food and Cultures in October 2017.

As the centrepiece of the weekend-long celebration, ‘A Perfect Harmony’ will be shown on the facade of the Freer|Sackler for thousands of spectators, free of charge, with five performances across the opening weekend. The projection-mapped artwork will trace the history of the Freer|Sackler: from Charles Lang Freer, who donated his collection of Asian and American art to the nation in 1906, to Arthur M. Sackler who established a sister museum of Asian art in the 1980s, to their international reach in the 21st century.

Inspired by Freer’s unshakeable belief that art could deepen understanding and appreciation of world cultures, and that museums form connections across time and space, A Perfect Harmony will light up the Washington night in an unmissable and empowering celebration of art and ideas.

Opened October 2017

The Freer|Sackler Galleries, Washington DC

59 Team

Project Director
Richard Slaney

Mark Grimmer

Senior Video Designer
Nick Corrigan

Tommy Lexen

Associate Producer
Julianna Slaten

Design Assistant
Hannah Fasching

Video Design Assistant
Lisa Renkel

Gareth Damian Martin
Akhila Krishnan

Aaron Brady
Emily Howells
Sean Kothe
Joseph Pierce
Edd Stockton
Dale Croft

Sound Design
Tom Hackley

Lighting Design
Anthony Pearson

Technical Design & Delivery
DWP Live

Technical Associate
Maximilien Spielbichler

Iain Syme