16 Apr 2021 - 17 Oct 2021

Life in Edo Rotations*:
‣ First display: 16 April - 18 July 2021
‣ Second display: 26 July - 17 October 2021
*the exhibition will remain open throughout the rotation period: 19-25 July

Getting Here
5 mins walk from Raffles Place MRT Station (Exit H)

More Info

Singaporeans & Permanent Residents | $12
Foreign Residents & Tourists | $20
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Purchase Singapore Rediscovers Voucher (SRV) packages here*
*Weekdays and non-public holidays only, promotion ends 30 September 2021.

Book your admission tickets in advance here.

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


EdoKyotoLife in Edo a 

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 wall. 

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


Edo-Kyoto_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.




‣ Programmes

Join us for programmes as part of our special exhibition Life in Edo | Russel Wong in Kyoto.  

Please check this page or follow us on Peatix regularly for more updates.


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Sunday Out!

Sundays, 11 Jul, 12 Sep 2021
1–5pm, Online

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.


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Yasumi Fridays

Friday, 23 Jul, 15 Oct 2021 
7–9pm, Online 

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 
3–4pm, Facebook 

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


EdoKyotoFocus on  Art 

Focus on...Art

Fridays, 21 May, 23 Jul 2021
8pm, Facebook

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.


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Food Talks

Wednesday, 7 Jul 2021
Saturday, 14 Aug 2021
8pm, Facebook 

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.


Edo Kyoto publication cover
Life in Edo x Russel Wong in Kyoto
Clement Onn, Christine Guth, Charmaine Toh
ISBN: 978-981-18-0680-3
Hard/soft cover, 360 pages
SGD 75 (including GST)

Available for purchase at the museum shop or online at Read a Book.
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