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July 2016 Newsletter

Five Must-Do’s this National Day at the Asian Civilisations Museum

  1. Bring your family and friends to visit Christianity in Asia from 6th to 10th August 2016. As part of the national day celebration, admission will be free to this special exhibition.

  2. Check out the ACM waves.  Visit our gallery of Tang Shipwreck and see our fabulous display of Changsha bowls! The shipwreck cargo display now has more than 700 bowls in two ‘waves’.

  3. Get up close with the world’s rarest artefacts in our gallery of Trade and Exchange of Ideas. Did you know that we have on display a rare 18th century porcelain mosque lamp made in China for a mosque in the Middle East? We also have a Dancing Lady ewer (a vessel to store wine or water). An almost identical ewer was owned by the Mughal emperor Jahangir around 1600, and is depicted in an album commissioned by him. Only five other examples of this type are known in the world.

  4. See the Raffles Chair. Not only do we have two Raffles statues around the museum, we also have a Raffles chair in our gallery of Trade and Exchange of Ideas. This unique chair was said to have been designed by Raffles himself which was later adopted by most offices during the colonial administration in Malaya. Note: As elegant and comfortable as the chair looks, no sitting is allowed!

  5. Win a trip to Paris or Lisbon! Visit our special exhibition, Christianity In Asia,the world’s first exhibition on the history and spread of Christian art in Asia. Newly acquired objects from the ACM collection along with art from museums such as the Musée du Louvre, Bibliothèque nationale de France, Museu de São Roque, Museu Nacionale de Arte Antiga, Lisbon, and more tell fascinating stories of cultural interaction. Answer this quiz correctly and win a pair of return economy class tickets on Air France to Paris or Lisbon.

Secrets we tell

Curator tour
Friday, 15 July 2016
$25 per session

Join exhibition curator, Clement Onn, as he shares insights about the cross-cultural exchanges that shaped the development of Christian art across Asia. Come learn about favourite artworks, and hear insider stories on the making of the exhibition. A minimum of 15 people is needed to proceed. 


A doodle-tastic time at ACM

Doodling workshop
29 July, 26 August, 9 September 2016, 7pm to 9pm

Get “hands on” when you next visit the museum. Take part in our doodling workshop and draw what you see treasures that appeal to you. Snap a few pictures of your personal "masterpieces" and share on Instagram. Who knows, you might be in the next Dennis Hwang (the first designer of festive logos for Google). 

Art-venture in our galleries

“The Time Traveller” Character Journey
Saturday and Sunday, 30 and 31 July, 2pm and 4pm

Cross strange terrains across Asia, and meet colourful characters in an art adventure. Join fellow travellers in dramatized journey, and discover the wondrous stories behind Christian art throughout the Asian continent, from faraway India to right here in Singapore.

Christianity in Asia lecture series

A Community Faith Dressed in Different Ways:
Japanese Christian History

Fr Renzo De Luca, SJ, Director, 26 Martyrs Museum, Nagasaki
Saturday, 16 July 2016, 2.30pm to 4pm
Ngee Ann Auditorium, ACM 

Learn how Christianity developed and adapted in Japan from accounts of the martyrs through the documents they left, and how the Christians hid and kept their faith for about 250 years. Fr. Renzo De Luca is the Director of the Twenty-Six Martyrs Museum in Nagasaki. He was ordained as a priest in 1996 and appointed to his current position in the museum in 2004.

We Love Local

Discover the flavours of Singapore with our monthly “We Love Local” specials.  This month, try our finger-licking good Wagyu Beef Roti John. 

Extraordinary EMPRESS Evenings

Planning a birthday celebration, anniversary or proposal? Let us help you make your next night out an extra special one with our Extraordinary EMPRESS Evenings celebration package.

Programmes may change at short notice.                       

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