5/25/2016 2:50:24 PM
|written By : Team India Se|
The Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) of Singapore launched the world’s first exhibition on the history and spread of Christian art in Asia. Titled Christianity in Asia: Sacred Art and Visual Spendour, the exhibit chronicles the extensive role that religion has played in the development of various Asian art forms, and the ways in which Christianity has been absorbed by different cultures in the region. It covers predominantly non-Christian areas—such as Syria, India, and Iran—as well as the countries heavily influenced by Jesuit missionaries—such as China, Japan, and the Philippines.
Christianity in Asia details the spread of Catholicism throughout Asia between the 13th and 20th century, and illustrates how locals of all religious denominations were inspired by Jesus Christ’s long-lasting legacy.
“Christian art in Asia was created by artists of many different faiths: Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist, Confucian, and so on,” said Dr. Alan Chong, Director of the ACM. “New motifs and materials were used in these objects, which reflect many heritages.”
The art presented in the exhibition portrays an intricate blend of European Christian subjects with regional symbols and local motifs. It showcases the use rare materials— such as rock crystal, ivory, mother-of-pearl, tortoiseshell, and precious stones—unfamiliar to the West.
The ACM’s online soundscape application, described by museum curators as a “personal companion that brings art to life with sound,” gives the art context by engaging the senses to enhance visitors’ individual experiences.
Christianity in Asia: Sacred Art and Visual Spendour is open to the public from May 27 to September 11.