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Christianity in Asia: Sacred Art and Visual Splendour

Asian Civilisations Museum 27 May 2016 - 11 Sep 2016 10am to 7pm (Daily), 10am to 9pm (Fridays) Ticketed Admission
ACM - Christianity in Asia: Sacred Art and Visual Splendour


Christianity in Asia: Sacred Art and Visual Splendour presents fascinating and beautiful objects that are the result of the spread of the Christian faith across Asia. In this special exhibition, with loans from internationally acclaimed museums, including Musée du Louvre, Bibliothèque nationale de France, and Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga, Lisbon, you will see art that combines East and West. Asian materials and techniques were used to create paintings, carved ivory figures, ceramics, furniture, altarpieces, and shrines that aided the spread of Christianity. ACM has brought many of these stunning works to Singapore for the very first time. This is an exhibition not to be missed!


Enjoy free admission to Christianity in Asia: Sacred Art and Visual Splendour on these dates: 6 to 10 July, 6 to 10 August, and 3 & 4 September 2016.

Christianity in Asia: Sacred Art and Visual Splendour


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"This exhibition is, in fact, the first of its type anywhere. Long ago the Vatican did something on a much smaller scale, which cannot in any way rival this achievement at a museum that is more renowned for its displays of Buddhist, Hindu and Islamic art. Asia is a big continent with a long history. (...) The Asian Civilisations Museum has done a remarkable job in piecing together items from all corners of that continent and providing a story that is not a relentless tale of oppression.” - Universe, UK

Read the review by Universe.

"The running thread within the exhibition that serves as an anchor in this article highlights that Christian art in Asia is a result of a hybridity of cultures between local artists who did not necessarily belong to the Christian faith and foreigners from the West as they entered Asian regions for trade and mission work. This mix of cultures is translated distinctly through visual form and materiality as local artists interpreted and depicted European Christian subjects and narratives." - ArtHop

Read the review by ArtHop.

"Asian Civilisation Museum’s Christianity in Asia: Sacred Art and Visual Splendour is an exhibit that gathers some of the most unique pieces of Christian art from Asia. This is an exploration into how Asia made the religion its own; with amazing pieces from India, China, Japan, and all across Southeast Asia. (...) The great thing about this exhibition is that you don’t need to be religious to enjoy it. The exhibition is well organised, with explanatory text clearly laid out for all attendees." - Kenneth Lee from 5meanders

Read the review by 5meanders.

"As this is the first major exhibition of its kind the director and curators at the ACM are to be congratulated on their achievement. Given the historical and geographical spread of Christianity throughout Asia there must be many more artefacts that could be utilised for a further exhibition in the future."

Read the review by Dr Ken Parry, published on TAASA Review (Journal of the Asian Arts Society of Australia) 25/3 (2016), 16-17

"Just as the historian Edward Gibbon could imagine a Europe shaped by Islam, Asia could also have developed very differently. Gibbon saw a battle in central France in 732 as being the factor that prevented Muslims from eventually taking over the continent instead of Christianity. In Asia, there was no single event that dictated its spiritual future. Islam ended up dominating vast territories in West, Central, South and Southeast Asia; Christianity managed to pick up some small but useful crumbs instead. Enough to form the basis of a stunningly innovative and impressive exhibition in one of the world’s greatest free ports of secularism: Singapore."

Read the review by Asian Art.

"According to Rosa Daniel, chief executive officer of Singapore’s National Heritage Board, the exhibit comes after the realignment of ACM’s mission “to embrace the connections between Asian cultures, and between East and West. (...) The exhibit, indeed, lives up to this goal. While it is nearly impossible to chart the influence of Christianity in Asia, even in the singular field of art for over one and a half millennia (since 700 AD according to the exhibit), ACM succeeds in presenting how cultures inter- sect in art, such as how Christian images and symbols blend with Islamic, Hindi, Buddhist, and Confucian themes."

Read the review by Philippine Daily Inquirer.


Admission to Special Exhibition, Christianity in Asia: Sacred Art and Visual Splendour

Book your tickets via SISTIC or via the ACM Front Desk

  Singapore Citizens & Permanent Residents
Non-Citizens &
Non-Permanent Residents*
Adults $9 $15
Students^ Free $10
Seniors (60 years and above)^ Free
Persons with Disabilities^^ Free
NSFs^ Free
MOE Teachers^ Free
Children 6 years and below  Free
Foreign Family (5 person max) N.A.
*includes admission to permanent galleries

50% discount for admission on Friday evenings, 7pm to 9pm.


20% discount for group bookings (minimum 20 persons)

Singapore Citizen/PR - Adult $7.20
Non-Citizens & Non-PR - Adult $12.00
Non-Citizens & Non-PR - Student
Non-Citizens & Non-PR - Seniors (60 years and above)
Non-Citizens & Non-PR - Persons with Disabilities

Please enquire at our ticketing counter for other promotions. 

^A valid pass or card must be presented.
^^The first caregiver of all Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), regardless of nationality, will be given free admission to NHB museums.

FREE ADMISSION DAYS: 6 to 10 July, 6 to 10 August, 3 & 4 September 2016


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Visit the Christianity in Asia special exhibition, answer this quiz, and stand a chance to win a pair of return economy class tickets on Air France to Paris or Lisbon!

This contest is open to Singapore residents only, 18-years-old and above, and runs from 26 May, 6pm (GMT+8) through 11 September 2016.

Take part in the contest now.

Christianity in Asia Contest


  • This contest is open to Singapore residents only, 18-years-old and above, and runs from 26 May, 1800h (GMT+8) through 11 September 2016. Staff of Air France and the National Heritage Board (including staff of the Asian Civilisations Museum), and their immediate family members, are not eligible for this contest.
  • By participating in this contest, you agree to be bound by the official rules, regulations and decisions of the National Heritage Board.
  • Contestants are allowed to submit only one entry each. Each successful online referral will allow a participant to earn ONE (1) bonus entry, up to a maximum of 25 entries.
  • All entries must be submitted by 2359h (GMT+8) on 11 September 2016.
  • Incomplete or late applications will be subject to disqualification by NHB at its sole discretion.
  • Participants who answer the quiz correctly will be entered into the lucky draw. ONE (1) winner will be picked in the lucky draw.
  • Entries will be judged by the National Heritage Board solely on the correctness of the answer furnished and accuracy of personal details furnished. The judges’ decision is final and irrevocable.
  • The winner will be notified via email or phone.
  • By participating in this contest, you agree that the National Heritage Board and its sponsors may collect, use, and disclose your personal data, as provided in this entry form, for administration of this contest, identification purposes, prize collection and travel arrangements, and if selected in the entry form, to send you notices, information, promotions and updates including marketing and advertising materials in relation to programmes, events and promotions held by the National Heritage Board and Air France, and will not be used for any other purposes or disclosed to any third parties.
  • The National Heritage Board reserves the right to change, amend or add to these terms and conditions without prior notice. The National Heritage Board further reserves the right, without any liability on its part whatsoever, to cancel, postpone, or in any other way terminate this contest at any time without prior notice.
  • These terms and conditions and this contest shall be governed by and construed in accordance with Singapore law.


  • The winner must produce their original IC / passport with legible IC / passport number in order to claim the prize. The winner may also be required to produce additional original proof of identity at the discretion of the National Heritage Board. 
  • The winner will enjoy return travel in Air France Economy class from Singapore to either Paris or Lisbon based on their choice. The air tickets are valid on Air France operated flights only.
  • The prize is strictly non-transferable, and the tickets have to be issued to the official winner as stated on the contest entry form. The official winner may choose one accompanying guest, and winner and accompanying guest must travel together at all times. Alterations, diversions and changes to the destination are not permitted.
  • The prize cannot be exchanged for cash or for any other form of reimbursement. All airport taxes and surcharges are included in the prize. All other travel-related expenses shall be borne by the passengers.
  • Flight reservations and ticketing must be finalized and claimed before 15 December 2016, and the journey completed by 31 March 2017.  Complimentary tickets not utilized by this date shall become null and void. A lead time of four (4) weeks is required for booking and issuing of prize tickets. Reservations are subject to seat availability. Air France reserves the right to vary the dates of travel in its sole and absolute discretion.
  • The prizes of contest winners if not collected within 30 days of notification may be forfeited without notice and without any liability to the National Heritage Board.
  • The winner and/or accompanying guest must ensure that passports are valid and the required visa(s) is/are attained for travel at their own cost. The National Heritage Board will not be held responsible if the winner and/or the accompanying guest is denied entry into any country or venue for any reason or is denied boarding on any flight for any reason.
  • If the winner and/or the accompanying guest should miss any flights, the National Heritage Board and its sponsors will not be held responsible and will not provide any refunds or arrange for any alternative transport.
  • In the event that the winner decides to travel alone, there will not be any cash refund of the unused portion of the prize.
  • All contestants release from, and indemnify the National Heritage Board and its respective agencies, sponsors and representatives against all liability, cost, loss or expense arising out of acceptance of any prize or participation in the contest including (but not limited to) personal injury and damage to property and whether direct or consequential, foreseeable, due to some negligent act or omission or otherwise.
  • The National Heritage Board shall not be liable or responsible for any and all losses, damages, costs and/or expenses (of any nature whatsoever) suffered by any contestant arising from any failure or refusal, for whatever reason, to deliver or transfer, whether by the National Heritage Board or its sponsors, the prize or make good on any promise or offer to the contestants.



Free, available on the ACM app from the App Store or Google Play (search ACMSG)

Experience art through soundscapes you create, inspired by hand-picked objects from the Christianity in Asia exhibition. Immerse yourself in sounds of light footsteps in a hall, a distant bell ringing from an old Protestant church, or urgent whispers on a fiery ship.

Download the app and use it as your personal exhibition companion to create soundscapes that bring objects to life as you move through the exhibition.

Preview the experience here.

Seven Wonders of Christianity in Asia Activity Booklet

Free with admission to Christianity in Asia

Discover the artworks in Christianity in Asia through this activity booklet that features seven treasures from seven lands. Complete the trail by collecting rubbings of patterns inspired by the exhibition. Try out looking activities to experience art through new eyes! Suitable for 8 years old and above.

Christianity in Asia Interpretive Space

Free with admission to Christianity in Asia

Look, listen, and touch – engage with art through your senses with hands-on activities at the Christianity in Asia interpretive space. Take home a set of seven rubbings inspired by the exhibition. Design a personalized soundscape based on five objects and stories at the Art-beat station. Explore the splendid details of these objects and the materials used to create them. Finally, take a moment to rest and reflect – share your thoughts on the wings of an origami dove and add it to our reflection wall.

Christianity in Asia Interpretive Space


All lectures are free, and held in the Ngee Ann Auditorium at the Asian Civilisations Museum, unless otherwise stated. Seats are available on a first-come-first-served basis.

The Opening of the Islamic Art Department in the Louvre: A New Vision of Universal Culture
By Dr Yannick Lintz, Director of Islamic Art Department, Louvre Museum
27 May 2016, Friday, 3.30 to 5pm

Christianity as an Asian court religion
By Dr Alan Chong, Director of the Asian Civilisations Museum
2 June 2016, Thursday, 7 to 8.30pm

By Land and by Sea: Early Christians in Asia
By Dr Ken Parry, Senior Research Fellow and Lecturer in the Department of Ancient History, Macquarie University
22 June 2016, Wednesday, 7 to 8.30pm

Tenshō: Keichō – Japan and Europe, Mutual Fascination
By Clement Onn, Curator for Cross-Culture, Asian Civilisations Museum
7 July 2016, Thursday, 7 to 8.30pm

A Community Faith Dressed in Different Ways: Japanese Christian History
By Fr Renzo De Luca, SJ, Director, 26 Martyrs Museum, Nagasaki
16 July 2016, Saturday, 2.30 to 4pm

Christian Missions in Southeast Asia: A Historical Overview
By Prof Bruce Lockhart, Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore
19 August 2016, Friday, 7 to 8.30pm

The Sacred and the Commercial: Christian Arts from Asia for Europe and the Americas
By William Sargent, Independent Scholar and Curator
1 September 2016, Thursday, 7 to 8.30pm


Lunchtime Concerts at ACM: Musical Meet-up with the Baudoin Bros
27 May 2016, Friday, 12.30 to 1.30pm
Free admission

Afterhours@ACM: Christianity in Asia and Chateauneuf-du-Pape Top Picks
15 June 2016, Wednesday, 7 to 10pm
$98 per person (until 14 June), book your tickets on Peatix (

Drop-in Drawing
Every Friday in July and August, 7 to 9pm
Free with admission to Christianity in Asia
View sessions here: 1 July, 8 July, 15 July, 22 July, 5 August, 12 August, 19 August2 September

Doodling Workshop
29 July, 26 August, and 9 September 2016 
Free with admission to Christianity in Asia
Registration is required on Peatix (

“The Time Traveller” Character Journey
Saturdays & Sundays, 30 & 31 July, 27 & 28 August, 10 & 11 September 2016, 2 and 4pm
Free with admission to Christianity in Asia
Registration is required on Peatix or at the ACM Front Desk.

Choral Night
6 August 2016, Saturday, 6 to 10pm
Free admission

Musical Moments
13 August 2016, Saturday, 12 to 4pm
Free admission

Love, Light, Living Festival
Saturday and Sunday, 3 September, 1pm till late; 4 September, 1 to 5pm
Free admission (includes free entry to Christianity in Asia)


Curator Tours
Fridays, 24 June, 15 July, 26 August, 9 September 2016
7.30 to 8.30pm
$25 per session, book at ACM Front Desk or Peatix (

Walking Tours
Saturdays from June to August 2016
$5 per pax ($3 for senior citizens/students)
Book on Peatix (
Sessions: 4 June11 June9 July, 23 July, 30 July, 23 August

Special Exhibition Guided Tours
Weekdays, 1pm
Weekends, 1.30pm & 4.30pm (starting 20 September)
Soapbox tours will be conducted on 3 & 4 September.

Click here for updates in tour schedule