Even if you’ve never been to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Angkor Wat in Cambodia, it’s easy to appreciate that the ancient Khmers were masters of art and architecture. A new exhibition at the Asian Civilisations Museum brings the wonders of Angkor to Singapore with over 140 objects from the Guimet Museum in Paris including rare Khmer sculptures, watercolors, drawings, and historical memorabilia. If you’re looking for a dose of culture, we recommend an outing to ACM.
Taking place from April 8 to July 22, Angkor: Exploring Cambodia’s Sacred City aims to show not only the splendours of Angkor civilisation, but also the story of how the French encountered Angkor and reintroduced it to the international stage. Objects in the exhibition range from Khmer sculptures dating as far back as the 6th century to rare photographs, drawings, temple rubbings, and plaster casts made by French archaeologists in the 1800s and 1900s.
The exhibition will also feature contemporary sculptures by celebrated Cambodian artist Sopheap Pich, special curator tours, sculpting workshops, and the Angkor Encore Festival highlighting Cambodian performing arts.
Angkor: Exploring Cambodia’s Sacred City, April 8 - July 22, Asian Civilisations Museum, 1 Empress Place, Singapore 179555. p. +65 6332 7798.