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December 2016 Newsletter

Goodbye 2016, Hello 2017

This year many key events took place at the museum. We launched the world’s first exhibition on the history of Christian art in Asia; opened two new galleries – on Trade and Chinese Ceramics; presented Port Cities, an exhibition telling the story of cosmopolitan multicultural cities; and earlier this month our Cities & Kings exhibition was opened by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Long and State Counsellor of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, Daw Aung Sang Suu Kyi.

The year also saw many visitors enjoying and learning through special curated museum programmes like ACM’s Children Season special on The Missing Mouse, River Nights, ACM After Dark, Afterhours@ACM, a symposium, regular lecture series, and curator tours.

In the coming year, we promise you a slew of exciting programmes, from nostalgic festivals to international performances and secrets parties. Look forward to more new experiences at ACM.

Check out our Facebook for upcoming events and remember to book a date – several dates! – with us in 2017.

Happy New Year!

Cities and Kings: Ancient Treasures from Myanmar
till 5 March 2017

Have you visited yet? This exhibition introduces the art and culture of Myanmar through some of the country’s finest objects, selected from the National Museum collections of Myanmar. The works span three of the most significant eras in Myanmar history: The formative Pyu and Mon period, where early city-states emerged; the famed Bagan period, where Buddhist temple architecture flourished; and the Mandalay period, with its celebrated courtly arts.

Dr Stephen Murphy, lead curator for the show, shared that putting this show together was an experience. He was advised to abstain from alcohol for the days they were packing the Nats (four figures in the picture above) and to avoid wearing black. Nats are nature spirits, and there are many superstitions associated with them. Visit the exhibition to hear more stories behind the magnificent art on display. Join our daily guided tours, or download our ACM app for audio insights straight from your mobile device. Enjoy free admission to all ACM exhibitions this December. 


Asian Culture & Music– ACM! Festival
6 January, 7 to 9pm, and 7 January, 5 to 7pm

Dive into 1000 years of traditional Asian music, dance, and drama across four months in 2017.
In January, the festival kicks off with an array of traditional music, including harp and xylophone from the ancient cultures of Myanmar. Stand a chance to win a souvenir from Myanmar, when you submit a photo of yourself at the festival on Instagram – tag @acm_sg and #CitiesKingsACM. Ten lucky winners will be selected. 


Come Lepak with us!

Kick-start your year with a weekend of art, food, and music! Be spoiled for choices at the art marketand food bazaar, and catch roving live acts and performances beside the iconic Singapore River.Have your future told, or lepak on the ACM Green with local films under the starry night sky. Round off your day with a trip through our special exhibition, Port Cities: Multicultural Emporiums of Asia, 1500–1900

Rojak! Weekend Festival
14 January, 1 to 9pm, and 15 January, 1 to 5pm
Free admission

Take part in our Origami Boat Campaign during the festival and stand a chance to win a special cruise package! Be one of the first 800 visitors to attend the festival to get a limited edition Retro Tote Bag!

Click here for more information on the festival and to check out how you can win a dining voucher worth $1388 from EMPRESS, ACM’s gorgeous restaurant by the river. 


The Mon Cities and Myanmar Cultural Heritage
Elizabeth Moore
Friday, 13 January 2017, 7 to 8.30pm
Ngee Ann Auditorium, ACM

Traditions of the Mon cities of Lower Myanmar reach back to early settlers from India, and ceramics produced in the area were traded internationally. The Mon-era Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon continues to be the most venerated place of pilgrimage and donation in the country. The legacy of the Mon cities has been and remains a significant part of Myanmar’s cultural heritage. Come discover more about the Mon at this special visiting scholar lecture.

About the speaker
Elizabeth Moore is a visiting researcher with the Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre, ISEAS Yusof-Ishak Institute Singapore; professor emeritus and in-region liaison Yangon, School of Oriental and Asian Studies, University of London.

Countdown to 2017

Enjoy the spectacular fireworks display in Marina Bay, a breezy alfresco deck with views of the Singapore River, and fantastic Chinese food. A perfect way to kick start the new year!

Head down to Empress for a 6-course spread on 31 December 2016, and countdown to 2017 with family and friends. Or just stop by for drinks and desserts while waiting for the fireworks to begin. Seatings available at either 6pm ($80/person) or 8pm ($98/person). Book early to avoid disappointment. Click here to download menu.

Programmes may change at short notice.                       

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