Hour-long time slots for special exhibition Life in Edo | Russel Wong in Kyoto on weekends and public holidays
Due to the COVID-19 situation and tightened safe management measures, on Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays, visitors must pick an hour-long time slot to view the Life in Edo | Russel Wong in Kyoto special exhibition. The first time slot is 10–11am, and the last is 6–7pm. Visitors must exit the exhibition at the end of their time slot.
Time slots can be booked online at SISTIC, and visitors are encouraged to arrive at ACM 15 minutes before their selected time.
Monday to Friday, visitors can enter Life in Edo | Russel Wong in Kyoto anytime during ACM opening hours.
Life in Edo | Russel Wong in Kyoto, is presented in collaboration with Kobe Shimbun and Russel Wong. The double-bill exhibition is centred on Japanese culture and craftsmanship, showcasing an array of woodblock prints and photography. These artworks tell stories of traditional and contemporary Japan, and reveal how one often merges into the other.
The exhibition is presented in two parts, each spotlighting a different time period and multiple aspects of life in Japan:
Life in Edo
Discover everyday activities of the Edo period (1603–1868) in Life in Edo – a showcase of woodblock prints and paintings which have come to be called "ukiyo-e" (pictures of the floating world). Subjects include people's travels, ideas on beauty, foods they craved, entertainments, and even the beloved pets of the era. This extensive collection of 157 colourful ukiyo-e prints – the most ever shown in a single exhibition in Singapore – features works from the great masters, including Katsushika Hokusai, Utagawa Hiroshige, Kitagawa Utamaro, Utagawa Kuniyoshi, and more. These historical masterpieces paint a picture of the forward and fascinating lifestyles of the Japanese during the time.
Because these prints are so light-sensitive, midway through the exhibition, a completely new set of prints will be displayed. The second half can be seen from 26 July onwards, allowing visitors to double their pleasure with the life in old Japan.
The exhibition will remain open to the public thoughout the rotation of the prints from 19-25 July.
Russel Wong in Kyoto
On the other side of the exhibition, Russel Wong in Kyoto premieres photographs from the celebrity photographer’s 13-year-long, ongoing personal project to document the geiko of Kyoto, shedding light on some of the rarely seen and lesser-known traditions of this private community and their place in modern society.
Forty black-and-white photographs illustrate customs and traditions of geishas – called "geiko" in Kyoto. These include the tea ceremony and the lesser known Erikae ceremony, a two-week process where a maiko (geiko in training) prepares herself to become a geiko. Emulating the ukiyo-e prints on display, nearly all the photographs have been printed in ōban size, the most popular woodblock print format during the Edo period.
The exhibition takes a winding path through the two sections, and intersects in a contemplative space where visitors can take a brief rest to compare a work by ukiyo-e artist Hiroshige with one by Russel Wong. This juxtaposition of past and present, both in medium and subject, hopes to prompt a re-evaluation of lines drawn between traditional and contemporary. Visitors can reflect on how past trends and lifestyles can echo so vividly in today's modern society.
Download exhibition text here to use during your visit to the exhibition. Available in English, Japanese, Malay, Mandarin, and Tamil,
‣ Interpretive space
Discover Japanese art and culture in this interactive
space in ACM’s Level 2 Foyer. Customise a virtual woodblock
print, try photo-editing, and hang your wishes at our make-a-wish
Can’t wait to start? You can start customising your woodblock
print from home first. Simply head to the
Life in Edo microsite to get
started, then see it come to life at ACM.
‣ Trail Booklet
Take a trip through Japan (and back in time!) with our family-friendly
trail booklet. Download it
here or head to the museum to collect a physical copy, which comes
in a special folio.
Suitable for ages 9 and up.
Join us for programmes as part of our special
exhibition Life in Edo | Russel Wong in Kyoto.
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Sundays, 11 Jul, 12 Sep 2021
Enjoy a fun time bonding with the whole family when you sign up for
our online weekend workshops. Create your own pinhole camera,
build a mini Japanese garden, andhave an origami craft kit couriered to your home.
Look out for more details on https://acmevents.peatix.com
The format for 12 Sep's edition may change, depending on prevailing govement guidelines.
Friday, 23 Jul, 15 Oct 2021
Have a “yasumi” (relaxing) Friday evening with ACM online and
unleash your creativity! Learn Ikebana, the Japanese art of floral arrangement, and decorate your own porcelain plate with Japanese-inspired decals. Then stay tuned for the Facebook premiere of Focus...on Art featuring Russel Wong on 23 Jul, 8pm.
The format for 15 Oct's edition may change, depending on prevailing government guidelines.
Programmes are fully subscribed for 23 Jul's Yasumi Fridays! Stay tuned for registration updates on subsequent editions: https://acmevents.peatix.com
Conversations – A Discussion with Russel Wong | Glimpses of Japan, from Home
Friday, 14 May 2021
Find out from a diverse panel about Japanese traditions being practised here in Singapore, as well as Japanese arts and cultural activities one can experience locally. Join us for this online webinar where we discuss how cross-cultural influences present themselves today.
Russel Wong | Celebrity Photographer
A/P Sujatha A. Meegama | Assistant Professor, School of Art, Design, and Media, Nanyang Technological University
Nemoto Saina | Deputy Director, Japan Creative Centre (JCC)
Clement Onn | Senior Curator, Asian export art and Peranakan, ACM
Mayumi Boelens | Bilingual Emcee and Voice Talent
Fridays, 21 May, 23 Jul 2021
Would you like to know more about a woodblock print or photograph from
our exhibition? Catch short videos that feature exhibition curator
Clement Onn and renowned photographer Russel Wong. They highlight
fascinating observations on a select artwork.
Wednesday, 7 Jul 2021
Saturday, 14 Aug 2021
There's no denying that Japanese food is indeed "oishi!". But what makes it special? Learn about the history and food culture of Edo-period Japan in these informative videos featuring Chef Tomoo Kimura from Sushi Kimura and Chef Yoshi of Yoshi Restaurant with ACM's very own director, Kennie Ting.