November & December Happenings At Asian Civilisations Museum

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Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) has lined up an array of programmes, catered to both the young and not-so-young.

*Update (10 November): Updated with November & December happenings 

Located by the Singapore River is the Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM), Singapore’s national museum of Asian antiquities and decorative art and the only museum in Asia devoted to exploring the rich artistic heritage of Asia. 

It regularly hosts programmes and exhibitions to inspire both the young and old. Here's what you and your family can look forward to in September and October 2022.

All programmes are free unless otherwise stated. 

Upcoming Programmes

Body & Spirit: The Human Body in Thought and Practice

Venue: Asian Civilisations Museum
25 Nov 2022 to 26 Mar 2023
Time: 10am to 7pm (Sat to Thu) 
I 10am to 9pm (Fri) 

ACM explores wellness and the wholeness of body, spirit, and mind with Body & Spirit: The Human Body in Thought and Practice. Featuring over 100 objects from the National Collection, private collectors, and local communities, this special exhibition presents a stunning display of sacred and ritual art from Singapore and the region. Join us in contemplating the many ways in which religions in Asia understand the human body through rituals, healing practices, pilgrimage, and divine images.

Complementing the main exhibition are two special showcases. Buddha Relics displays gems and other precious offerings found together with bone relics of the Buddha in the Piprahwa Stupa in India in 1898. In Ve/ Ve/: The Burden Dance (a project by Sistrum), learn more about kavadi - elaborate structures carried in Thaipusam, a yearly procession celebrated by Singapore's Tamil Hindu community.

Lunchtime Concerts at ACM

Venue: Asian Civilisations Museum
Date: 11 Nov 2022
Time: 12.30pm to 1.30pm
Fee: Free Admission

In partnership with the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (YST), Lunchtime Concerts return to ACM. Pamper yourself with an afternoon of classical music echoing through our halls on Fridays in October and November!

This season features an original composition, "Zoomorphic Muses - An Afternoon at the Museum", inspired by ACM's collection!

[Zoomorphic Muses: An Afternoon at the Museum]

What would happen if we reimagined some of the fantastic mythical creatures seen on ancient animal­ shaped objects and created music that sounds like Debussy's dreamy "Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun" on an afternoon at ACM?

Inspired by zoomorphic objects from the ACM collection, musicians from YST's Text and Music class will unfold a new narrative of ancient animal-shaped objects through music. Through the students' rich musical imagination and creativity, some of these fantastic creatures will be reimagined and brought to life! This project is curated by lecturers Dr Chen Zhangyi and Dr Sara Florian.

ART OF WELLNESS: Presented by Crossing Cultures x Caravanserai

Venue: Asian Civilisations Museum
Date: 2 to 4 Dec 2022 & 9 to 11 Dec 2022 
Time: 4pm to 9pm
Fee: Free Admission to most activities

Treat yourself to two weekends of wellness at ACM, with a supersized lifestyle festival dedicated to looking and feeling good.

Indulge in tradition and explore Asian approaches to beauty, nutrition, therapeutic experiences, and mindful moments. Look forward to an outdoor "supermarket" of Asian superfoods, herbs and culinary creations, mood­ enhancing music performances, wellness workshops, and drop-in therapy zones. Wind down with us for an end-of-year pampering fest at ACM!

This special edition of Crossing Cultures has been extended to an extra weekend with Caravanserai - ACM's annual event dedicated to innovating Asian traditions.

[About Crossing Cultures at ACM]

Taking inspiration from objects in the galleries, Crossing Cultures explores ACM's collection through performing arts, craftsmanship, food traditions, wellness practices, and other aspects of intangible cultural heritage - past and present. Dive deep into Asia's rich heritage with these special weekend programmes. Learn, explore, and create with us at ACM.

Crossing Cultures at ACM takes place on the first weekend of March, June, September, and December. Stay tuned for more details about our upcoming sessions.

ACM Adventures: It's a Wonderful World

Venue: Asian Civilisations Museum
Date: 27 Nov 2022
Time: 1pm to 5pm
Fee: Free Admission

Go on a journey with us to discover objects that are traded across the world. Enjoy a drama and storytelling performance, and get crafty in an activity inspired by objects found in the Maritime Trade Gallery.

ACM Adventures: Party Season

Venue: Asian Civilisations Museum
25 Dec 2022
1pm to 5pm
Fee: Free Admission

'Tis the season to dress up! Take a walk through the Fashion and Textiles Gallery and get inspired by the beautiful clothing on display. Join us in a drama and storytelling performance, and create your own textile art.

Ongoing Programmes

ACM and Anima Mundi: Chinese Christian art from the Vatican Museums

Venue: Christian Art Gallery, Level 2, Asian Civilisations Museum
Date: from 1 Oct 2022
Time: 10am to 7pm (Sat to Thu) 10am to 9pm (Fri)

Singapore's Asian Civilisations Museum welcomes a selection of Chinese Christian art from the Vatican Museums in Rome, in its latest rotation of the Christian Art Gallery. Drawn from the Anima Mundi (meaning "Soul of the World"), these are little-known treasures of Christian art made in Asia. The public will be able to view up-close how the Catholic Church was able to integrate traditional Asian elements into its art. These intricate objects reveal the ingenuity of Asian artisans and craftsmen, who were able to adapt their work to incorporate foreign aesthetics and ideas that made them more appealing to local audiences. The artistic and cultural exchanges expressed through these works demonstrate how art can foster meaningful dialogue among religions and cultures.

ACM and Anima Mundi: Chinese Christian art from the Vatican Museums is a part of ACM's year-long series of programmes and gallery rotations in commemoration of its 25th anniversary, dedicated to the cross-cultural connections and shared heritage of Singapore and the region. Objects in this collaboration will be available for public viewing for a period of one year.

Let's Learn About ...Wood!

Venue: Online, ACM Website
Date: from 4 Nov 2022
Fee: Free Admission

This November, Let's Learn About...Wood! Discover how this useful material has been used to make everything from furniture to building models. Then, take a quiz to test your knowledge.

ACM 25th Anniversary

Venue: ACM
Date: 21 Apr - 31 Dec 2022

This year, ACM is celebrating its 25th anniversary and the year-long celebrations include a giveaway where participants stand to win an instant camera and exclusive ACM merchandise.

Also look forward to the launch of unique ACM merchandise from Supermama, the Singapore design and lifestyle goods brand at ACM, and go behind the scenes of the museum with a mini-series documentary, which will be available on the museum's social media channels. 

For more details on the giveaway and updates on upcoming events, please visit the website.

Clothing the Pandemic: A Virtual Exhibition of COVID-19 Face Masks from Around the World 

Mask designed by Paris-based Singaporean fashion designer Andrew Gn

Venue: Online
Date: Dec 2021 - Dec 2022

Clothing the  Pandemic: A Virtual Exhibition of COVID-19 Face Masks from Around the World is a virtual exhibition of face masks collected by numerous museum curators for their institutions to document the material culture of the pandemic during 2020-2021. Over 100 masks have been curated into six major themes: Art & Intervention; Politics & Protest; Solidarity & Communities; Body & Spirit; Innovation & Sustainability; and Fashion & Pop Culture. 

Visitors can look forward to viewing six masks contributed by Singapore’s Asian Civilisations Museum. 

At its core, this virtual exhibition highlights the importance of museum  collections as sources of inspiration that embrace current events and  celebrate contemporary fashion and design.

This virtual exhibition is organised by by the International Committee ICOM for the Museums and  Collections of Costume, Fashion and Textiles (ICOM Costume).

Regular Programmes

ACM & Friends Fun Pack

Venue: Online, ACM Website

Download and use this fun activity kit, specially designed for children and adults across all learning abilities, and have an enjoyable time learning about the ACM collection through play.

Activities You Can Do Everyday

Venue: Online, ACM Website

Enjoy everyday activities from the comfort of your home. Explore, discover, and have fun with trails and videos for everyone.

Audio Description Tours

Venue: Online, ACM Website

Listen to descriptions of key objects in the ACM collection from the comfort of your home.

Photo Credits: Asian Civilisations Museum


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