October Happenings At Asian Civilisations Museum

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This October, Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) has lined up an array of on-site and online programmes for you and your family to enjoy!

Upcoming Activities


Venue: Asian Civilisations Museum
Date: 8 to 15 Oct 2021
Fee: Free admission to programmes

Indulge in your desire to escape. Let our artists transport you imaginatively as they reinterpret objects from the ACM collection. Journey through the experiences on display or get up close and personal in an artist workshop. Wonder and wander with us at Happy Hour at ACM.

ACMtalks: Must We Decolonise The Museum? Sacred And Ritual Art And The Raffles Collection

Venue: Online via Zoom | Register here
Date/Time: 21 Oct 2021, 7pm
Fee: Free 

Speakers: Conan Cheong and Faisal Husni

In this talk, two ACM curators consider how decoloniality might take shape at the museum, with a focus on curatorial and exhibition practices, past and present. How were the collections and displays of the Raffles Museum ‚Äď which incorporated antiquarian interest in Hindu-Buddhist traces, ethnographic collecting in regional communities, contemporary local arts and crafts, natural history, and finds from prehistoric archaeological expeditions ‚Äď used to construct an image of British Malaya and its people? And with the transition from colonial institution to national museum housing the multicultural memories of newly created Singapore citizens, how much of the task of questioning the structures of colonial knowledge is now left for us to do?

ACM Adventures: A Royal Time

Photo Credits: Asian Civilisations Museum (unless otherwise stated)

Venue: Online and at Asian Civilisations Museum
Date: 31 Oct 2021
Time: 1pm to 5pm
Fee: Free Admission

This month, journey with us to the royal courts of India via the amazing craftsmanship in ACM's Court and Company Gallery. Experience the sights and sounds through storytelling, drama performances, and craft activities inspired by objects on display.

Ongoing Activities

Life In Edo | Russel Wong In Kyoto

Photo Credit: Nakau Collection and Russel Wong

Venue: Online and at Asian Civilisations Museum 
Date: 19 Apr to 17 Oct 2021
Singaporeans & Permanent Residents: $12
Foreign Residents & Tourists: $20
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Life In Edo | Russel Wong In Kyoto explores Japanese art and culture through two mediums - woodblock prints and photography. The woodblock prints sections looks at lifestyles and trends of Edo period Japan (1603 - 1868), including people's travels, ideas on beauty, pets, food and entertainment. The other component explores the beauty of nature and architecture of Kyoto today. It also captures the vanishing traditions of the geisha (geiko in Kyoto dialect) community through the lens of Singaporean photographer Russel Wong.

The exhibition plays on the notion of duality: past and present, print and photography, Edo (today's Tokyo and current capital) and Kyoto (the old capital). One side focuses on the past and the other looks at the present, yet the exhibition will attempt to show the past trends and lifestyles are still relevant to us today, and are a big part of what draws people to Japan.


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Leona Quek
Blessed with 3 handsome and loving boys in her life. Two of them call her Mommy, the other calls her Wifey. Every night, she wishes for an early bedtime, but misses her babies as soon as they sleep.

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