The Asian Civilisations Museum presents Southeast Asia in the World with the opening of three new permanent galleries – Ancestors & Rituals, Christian Art and Islamic Art – along with new objects in the museum’s Trade galleries. The new masterpieces and collections on display explore artistic exchanges within Asia, and with the rest of the world.
ACM will also launch a new museum trail beautifully illustrated by Singaporean artist, Muneera Malek. Curated for families, the trail provides an understanding of Southeast Asia’s role in the world through ornate museum objects.
Visitors to the Ancestors and Rituals gallery can expect to experience the beauty of a diverse range of Southeast Asian objects, which reflects the exchanges of ideas and cultural interactions among different hill tribes and maritime communities in the region. The Christian Art gallery explores intricate Christian works of art made in Asia through cross-cultural artistic exchanges between Asia and Europe – this is the only gallery in the world that focuses on Christian art in Asia. The Islamic Art gallery surveys the wealth of artistic traditions arising from the eastward expansion of Islam with a highlight on Southeast Asia.