Devotion & Desire: Cross-Cultural Art in Asia

Guided Tour by curator Clement Onn: “Devotion & Desire: Cross-Cultural Art in Asia”

At the Asian Civilizations Museum (Singapore) – A Special Curatorial Tour for SEACS Members

When cultures come together, distinctive works of art are created. This exhibition reveals new directions for the Asian Civilizations Museum, which has recently focused on building understanding of the diverse cultures of Asia. The objects reveal surprising connections between Asian cultures, and between Asia and the wider world. Cross-cultural works of art are powerful indicators that peoples of diverse cultures and faiths have lived together harmoniously for centuries throughout Asia. Themes of the exhibition include the importance of trade, transmission of religions, courtly art, and colonial networks. This is the first time that the public has the opportunity to see many of these recent acquisitions to the ACM collection ranging from Peranakan textiles and furniture to such ceramic pieces as Yuan Dynasty porcelain, Liao ware, a brush rest from Jingdezhen (Ming Dynasty), an elephant-shaped Hookah base from China (Wanli Period), plus several pieces from Central Asia (Iran, Iraq). This exhibition will continue at ACM through 8 December 2013. Kindly visit Asian for more information.

 Join us for a dedicated curatorial tour with the ACM’s curator for Cross-Cultural art, and the curator of the exhibition, Clement Onn, on Friday, 11 October for a special one-hour tour reserved for members of SEACS only, beginning promptly at 7:00 pm. Meet in the main ACM Reception area. For reservations, Please register your interest with our Hon. Treasurer Marjorie Chu at: