Experience the legacy of Angkor at the Asian Civilisations Museum [fr]
The Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) welcomes you to discover the special exhibition Angkor : Exploring Cambodia’s Sacred City. Masterpieces of the Musee national des arts asiatiques-Guimet from 8 April to 22 July 2018. The special exhibition is a collaboration with the Musée national des arts asiatiques - Guimet (Guimet Museum), one of the premier Asian art museums in Europe, and features the largest-ever display of its masterpieces in Asia.
This event, part of the ongoing Voilah! French Festival Singapore, was officially open on Thursday 5th April by Ambassador of Cambodia to Singapore Nguon Sokveng, Ambassador-at-Large and guest-of-honor Tommy Koh and Ambassador of France to Singapore Marc Abensour. Second Permanent Secretary Yeoh Chee Yan, Musée Guimet President Sophie Mackariou, NHB President Chang Hwee Nee and ACM Director Kennie Ting also attended the official opening.
Angkor is widely considered to be among the world’s most magnificient architectural masterpieces - its extensive complexes and detailed stone carvings have intrigued innumerable travellers, scientists, historians, and archaeologist since its sensational re-emergence onto the world stage in the late 19th century. The Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) welcomes the visitors to re-discover the art; architecture, and legacy of this ancient city through its special exhibition Angkor: Exploring Cambodia’s Sacred City.
The exhibition showcases more than 140 scultures, watercolours, drawings, and historic memorabilia. The special exhibition is a collaboration with the Musée national des arts asiatiques - Guimet (Guimet Museum), one of the premier Asian art museums in Europe, and feathures the largest-ever display of its masterpieces in Asia. Objects range from exquisite Khmer scultures architectural elements in stone and bronze dating as far back as the 6th century, to drawings, rare photographs, and memorabilia made by the French in the 1800s and 1900s. This is the first time that ACM is presenting an exhibition on Angkor.
Mr Kennie Ting, Director of the Asian Civilisations Museum, said, "Khmer civilisation is one of the greatest in Southeast Asia and the world, and Angkor is a UNESCO World Heritage site. We wanted to bring this world heritage to Singaporean audiences, so they can experience first-hand both the beauty and timelessness of Khmer Art, as well as how Angkor and the Khmers captured the imagination of the world."
The Guimet Museum’s president, Ms Sophie Makariou, said, "The Guimet Museum is a custodian of one of the largest collections of Asian art. Working with the Asian Civilisations Museum allows us to re-introduce the stories behinf these precious artefacts of world heritage to Singapore and Asia, and provide greater clarity to what we know of this UNESCO World Heritage site and the once powerful Khmer empire. We hope to continue to share this with other audiences across the world."