About the Exhibit

Decades of civil unrest that began in the 1970s nearly destroyed the vital heritage of Afghanistan, with many artisans forced to flee their country or give up their craft. The old city of Kabul, once a bustling center of craft and commerce, fell into ruin. 

To share the story of Turquoise Mountain and the revival of Afghanistan's culture, art and history, the Freer & Sackler Galleries is launching Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan, on view from March 5, 2016 through to January 29, 2017. Visitors will have a unique opportunity to experience Afghanistan's rich culture and heritage and hear the incredible stories of the talented artisans who create the woodwork, calligraphy, ceramics, jewelry design and other crafts on display.