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Museum extends well-received exhibition on Angkor

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A pre-Angkor sculpture greets visitors at the start of the exhibition. Asian Civilisations Museum

By popular demand, the Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) in Singapore will extend its special exhibition Angkor: Exploring Cambodia’s Sacred City. Display of masterpieces of the Musée national des arts asiatiques – Guimet will run till July 29.

The exhibition showcases over 140 sculptures, watercolours, drawings, and historical memorabilia from the Musée national des arts asiatiques – Guimet (Guimet Museum), Paris, taking visitors through an experience of the re-discovery of the ancient city of Angkor, its art, architecture, and legacy.

Since its opening on April 8, visitors have enjoyed an assortment of programmes to enhance the experience. These included the Angkor Encore Weekend Festival, which brought to Singapore authentic traditional Cambodian arts, including the spectacular Lakhon Khol and Apsara dance performances, and the larger-than-life Sbek Thom puppet performance; and the Exploring Angkor Symposium, where international thought leaders led discussions on Angkor’s legacy, present-day challenges, and future plans.

A 10th century sculpture of Hindu deity Brahma greets visitors as they enter the second section of the exhibition. Photo: Asian Civilisations Museum

Kennie Ting, Director of the Asian Civilisations Museum, said, “Based on the positive feedback from visitors, both the Guimet Museum and ACM have agreed to extend the exhibition till 29 July, making the next 3 weeks the last chance to see this magnificent display of masterpieces – which likely will never be in Singapore again. I invite everyone to experience the exhibition before it ends – to gain a stronger understanding of Khmer and Cambodian heritage and culture, and to be inspired to visit Angkor itself.”

On 11 July, a final Curator Tour was led by Senior Curator Stephen A. Murphy, who shared an in-depth exploration of one of Southeast Asia’s greatest civilisations, accompanied by behind-the-scenes stories from the making of the exhibition.

Visitors are also invited to join in the free daily docent tours to the exhibition, conducted in English, Mandarin, Japanese, and French.

Angkor: Exploring Cambodia’s Sacred City. Masterpieces of the Musée national des arts asiatiques-Guimet is held in major collaboration with the Guimet Museum, with support from the French Embassy, Institut Français Singapore, and Voilah! French Festival Singapore 2018.

For more information, visit www.acm.org.sg

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