September and October activities at Asian Civilisations Museum

From September 3, 2021, arts and culture lovers will be able to explore Asia’s rich literary and bookmaking traditions at Crossing Cultures at ACM: Beyond Pen & Paper.

Watch Chinese calligraphy specialist Malik Mazlan in action as he and a diverse group of musicians respond to the word Xué in a video premiere on ACM Facebook or tune into an illuminating panel discussion with joint-winners of the Epigram Books Fiction Prize on How to Author a Book.

Families can also take their little ones on a Let’s Learn About journey to discover ACM masterpieces that relate to the moon, in time for the upcoming Mid-Autumn Festival.

In case you missed it, ACM’s special exhibition Life in Edo/Russel Wong in Kyoto has also been extended to 17 October.

Those missing the beauty and wonder of travelling will now have a longer window to immerse themselves in the ukiyo-e woodblock prints from Edo-period Japan, or encounter the charm and traditions of the geiko community in Kyoto through celebrity photographer Russel Wong’s black and white photography.

Crossing Cultures at ACM: Beyond Pen & Paper
3 to 5 September 2021
Various timings

Explore Asia’s rich literary and bookmaking traditions through a series of workshops and activities on the art of book crafting and writing. Be inspired by beautiful texts and scripts from ACM’s collection, and from stories found beyond pen and paper.

For more information, please visit:

Let’s Learn About…Mid-Autumn Festival
From 3 September 2021
Online, ACM Website

This month, Let’s Learn About…Mid-Autumn Festival and discover some objects from our collection that relate to the moon.

Life in Edo/Russel Wong in Kyoto
16 April to 17 October 2021
Asian Civilisations Museum

Life in Edo/Russel Wong in Kyoto explores Japanese art and culture through two mediums – woodblock prints and photography. The woodblock prints section looks at lifestyles and trends of Edo period Japan (1603 – 1868), including people’s travels, ideas on beauty, pets, food and entertainment. The other component explores the beauty of nature and architecture of Kyoto today. It also captures the vanishing traditions of the geisha (geiko in Kyoto dialect) community through the lens of Singaporean photographer Russel Wong.

The exhibition plays on the notion of duality: past and present, print and photography, Edo (today’s Tokyo and current capital) and Kyoto (the old capital). One side focuses on the past and the other looks at the present, yet the exhibition will attempt to show that past trends and lifestyles are still relevant to us today, and are a big part of what draws people to Japan.

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