Angkor Curator Tour - 11 July 2018


Explore Angkor through the eyes of early Western visitors to the famous Cambodian sites in this special after-hours tour with one of the exhibition curators. Hear behind-the-scenes stories about setting up the exhibition, and get a closer look at the drawings, photographs, and sculptures that captivated the 19th-century French public when the ancient Angkor civilisation made its sensational emergence onto the international stage. Please join us to see these masterpieces from Paris, on loan from the Musée national des arts asiatiques-Guimet, and in Singapore for the very first time.

Stephen Murphy

Senior Curator, Southeast Asia, ACM

Stephen A. Murphy is Senior Curator for Southeast Asia at the Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore. He holds a PhD from the Department of History of Art and Archaeology, SOAS, University of London (2010). He specializes in the art and archaeology of early Buddhism and Hinduism in Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia and Malaysia. He has a particular interest in the period spanning the 7th to 9th centuries AD and looks at trade and connections between Southeast Asian cultures and the wider world of Tang China, India and beyond.

He recently co-curated the special exhibition Angkor: Exploring Cambodia’s Sacred City, masterpieces of the Musée national des arts asiatique—Guimet. In 2016-17 he curated a special exhibition from the National Museums of Myanmar titled, Cities and Kings: Ancient Treasures from Myanmar. He is also co-editor, with Alan Chong, of, The Tang Shipwreck: Art and exchange in the 9th century (2017). He is co-editor of Before Siam: Essays in Art and Archaeology, (River Books & The Siam Society, 2014), and has contributed papers to leading academic journals such as Asian Perspectives, The Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society and The Journal of Southeast Asian Studies.

About the Exhibition

The civilisation of Angkor left an artistic legacy that lives on most spectacularly in its architecture and sculpture. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the archaeological complexes are today acknowledged as great masterpieces. But until the late 19th century, they were virtually unknown to the outside world.

In this ACM exhibition, Angkor: Exploring Cambodia’s Sacred City, visitors will see rare Khmer sculptures, along with French drawings, photographs, and memorabilia that tell the story of the French encounter with Angkor and its sensational emergence onto the international stage.

The Asian Civilisations Museum presents this exhibition in collaboration with the Guimet Museum in Paris. To accompany the exhibition, ACM has scheduled an array of programmes and talks related to Angkor and contemporary Cambodian culture, including our Angkor Encore Festival (25–27 May) highlighting Cambodian performing arts.

A minimum of 10 people is needed to proceed. Registration closes a day before the tour and tickets are non-refundable if participant is unable to attend. If the event is cancelled, full ticket-price refund will be given.

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Wed Jul 11, 2018
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM SGT
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