Kennie Ting. Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore – Connecting Peoples and Cultures in Asia
With the intent of reflecting Singapore’s maritime, global, hybrid and multicultural heritage, and of contextualizing this heritage against broader historical and art historical movements in Asia and the world, the Asian Civilisations Museum recently reviewed and shifted its curatorial approach. Spurred by currents in the academic world, it was the first museum in the region (and one of the first in the world) to change its curatorial direction from a geographical orientation to a thematic one. Since 2015, the permanent galleries have been reoriented according to three broad themes—Trade, Faith and Belief, and Materials and Design. This introductory article presents the newly opened galleries and the background to the decision.