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Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Galleries Receive Major Gift to Support Persian Art and Culture

WASHIGNTON, D.C.- The Smithsonian's Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery have received a major gift to support Persian art and culture and related programs at the museums. The donor, Jahangir Amuzegar, has established two endowments: the Jahangir and Eleanor Amuzegar Persian Cultural Celebrations Fund, which will support an annual celebration in honor of Nowruz, the Persian New Year, and the Jahangir and Eleanor Amuzegar Fund for Contemporary Iranian Art. The gift is the largest ever for Persian programs in the history of the galleries and one of the largest gifts ever received by the Smithsonian's museums of Asian art.

"My interest in establishing the endowments follows from the hope and trust that the Nowruz festivals should be celebrated for years to come and that the Galleries will have the ability to host contemporary Iranian art at the museum as far in the future as I can see," said Amuzegar.

"We are deeply honored and grateful that Dr. Amuzegar has chosen to support Persian art at the Smithsonian" said Julian Raby, director of the Freer and Sackler Galleries. "His generous gift ensures that we will always be able to offer public programs featuring Persian culture in the nation's capital, and that we can focus on developing our contemporary Persian art collection, which complements our rich collections of the traditional arts of Iran."

The Jahangir and Eleanor Amuzegar Persian Cultural Celebrations Fund will be used to provide ongoing support for the Freer and Sackler's popular annual Nowruz Family Days, which the galleries began hosting in 2009, with an annual attendance of approximately 7,000. The endowment will also fund a diverse range of educational and cultural programs open to the general public on Iran.

The Jahangir and Eleanor Amuzegar Fund for Contemporary Iranian Art will allow for acquisitions as well as exhibitions, print and digital publications and a variety of public programs to engage young audiences.

Amuzegar, an international economic consultant, served as the Government of Iran's Minister of Commerce (1962-3), Minister of Finance (1963) and Ambassador-at-Large (1963-1979). He has served on the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund and written numerous books and articles on the intersection of Iran's economy, politics, and oil industry. Amuzegar earned his Ph.D. in economics from the University of California at Los Angeles and has taught economics at many American universities.

Few museums of Asian art boast collections of ancient Near Eastern and medieval Persian art as rich as those of the Freer and Sackler galleries. Highlights of the collection include:

• Ancient Iranian ceramic vessels and sculptures ranging in date from around 5,000 B.C.E. through the Parthian period (around 140 B.C.E.-224 C.E.)

• Elaborately decorated silver vessels from the Sasanian period (224-651 C.E.)

• Over 800 illustrated and illuminated manuscripts from Iran including the Divan (Collected poems) of Sultan Ahmad Jalayir, ca. 1400; Haft Awrang (Seven Thrones) by Jami, dated 1556-66; and the largest number of illustrations from the 14th-century Mongol Shahnama (Book of Kings), one of the most important illustrated texts of the Islamic world

• The largest collection of historical Iranian photographs in the United States, including nearly nine hundred images and original glass plate negatives by the celebrated Iranian-Armenian photographer Antoin Sevruguin

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