"Great War Largely Responsible for Disillusionment—Should America Cut Philippines Adrift Would Be Forever Damned in Oriental Eyes”
The Great War at 100: July 28, 1914, one hundred years ago today, the opening shots of World War I were fired. The Free Press Editorial of 28 May 1932 mused about post-World War I disillusionment and the question of Philippine Independence.
"West Now On Trial Before East, Occidental Losing Prestige and Falling Fast in Estimation of Oriental Peoples Great War Largely Responsible for Disillusionmen Should America Cut Philippines Adrift Would Be Forever Damned in Oriental Eyes"
With a most curious logic, the American-owned Free Press argued that granting the Philippines its independence would be a bloody blow to America’s prestige in Asia. When this cartoon was published in May 1932, the threat of Philippine independence was coming over the horizon. The U.S. Democratic Party, traditionally pro-independence, was taking office in Washington, D.C. and Philippine missions were guaranteed a favorable reception. — from the book Philippine Cartoons.
Complicated Exhibit is on view until 2 August 2014. For inquiries call us at 6312417. For research at the Lopez Library call 6312425.
21 Feb – 2 Aug 2014: ‘Complicated’ at the Lopez Museum and Library“It’s Complicated”, a phrase popularized by social media, has become the catch all for all undefined and problematic relationships typical of the post-modern world. Seeing parallels between these and the complex relationship of the Philippines with its colonial pasts, the Lopez Museum and Library, in partnership with Tin-aw Art Gallery, opens its first exhibit for the year, Complicated on February 21, 2014 featuring commissioned works by guest artists Mike Adrao, Leslie de Chavez, and Ea Torrado, juxtaposed with works by Juan Luna, Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo, Juvenal Sanso, Bencab, Ang Kiukok, Jerry Elizalde Navarro and other artworks from the Lopez Museum collection.
Apolinario Mabini’s Birth Sesquicentennial - Mind Map Infographic via @govph Tumblr Page
malacanan: Today is Mabini’s 150th birth anniversary (for the uninitiated: “anni-birth-ary*”). He’s obviously dead, but still we continue to celebrate his birthday—partly because he was a great man and great men like him deserve to be celebrated, and partly because every year we still receive birthday gifts and fan mail from those who didn’t get the memo. Keep sending us those vintage toasters, fruitcakes, and wheelchairs!
*Actually it’s official name sounds like a made-up word: sesquicentennial.
Learn more about man known the Sublime Paralytic at our special page.
#EidMubarak to our Filipino Muslim brothers and sisters.
Muslims around the world celebrate with prayer and food during the Eid al-Fitr festival, marking the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. The annual holiday, which lasts for three days, marks the anniversary of the Quran being revealed to the Prophet Muhammad.
The Lopez Museum and Library is closed for today’s holiday.
"Rising from Ruin: The Story of Bohol" lecture and exhibit on July 26, 5 PM
League of Corporate Foundation’s ‘Rising from Ruin: The Story of Bohol’ lecture and exhibit opening on July 26
Explore the state of Bohol’s built heritage after the devastation of last year’s earthquake, and the shift in attention toward provinces devastated by typhoon Haiyan.
LCF is a Philippine network of over 80 operating and grant-making corporate foundations and corporations, including the Lopez Group Foundation. It promotes and enhances the strategic practice of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) among its members and the larger business community toward sustained national development. Members participate in various events organized by its secretariat and LCF’s five program-based committees: Arts and Culture, Education, Enterprise, Environment and Health.
For more information, contact LCF at 892-5753 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Happy #BastilleDay. The goddess symbol of liberty holding aloft a torch from Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo’s “Study under Per Pacem et Libertatem.” Who is the original goddess of Liberty if not Marianne, “a national emblem of the French Republic, an allegory of liberty and reason, and a portrayal of the Goddess of Liberty,” always depicted wearing a Phrygian cap.
The thinkers and movers of the Propaganda Movement and the Philippine Revolution, like Dr. Jose Rizal, Marcelo H. del Pilar, Andres Bonifacio, and Apolinario Mabini, to name a few, were the intellectual and philosophical heirs of the French Revolution and 18th century Europe’s Age of Enlightenment.
You can view this particular boceto of Hidalgo and the rest of his ouvre at our ongoing exhibit Complicated, on view until 2 August 2014. Please call Tina at 6312417 for more details.
Know more about Complicated Exhibit:
Art of Coffee on 16 July: Let Juan Luna & Flora de Filipinas inspire you!
Are you a coffee lover? Learn about the origins of coffee and how to prepare and enjoy a perfect cuppa with Gourmet Farms, Inc.
Wednesday, 16 July 2014
Two sessions: 12:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
For inquiries and registration call Ms. Tina Modrigo at 6312417 or email email@example.com
Born of the Fifth of July: Postcolonial Criticisms and Artist Talk on 5 July at with artist Leslie de Chavez.
Lopez Museum and Library invites everyone to join visual artist Leslie De Chavez as he talks about hisfeatured works in the current exhibit Complicated on July 5 (Saturday) from 2-4 p.m.
Known for his acerbic cultural commentary, Leslie de Chavez presents reactions to the museum’s Per Pacem et Libertatem studies by Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo that focus on colonization –not just as the context of Philippine history, but also as an ongoing process in which we currently dwell on today. He will discuss his processes, choice of materials, subject matter, and challenges and possibilities of art as engagement.
Architecture and History: National Artist for Architecture José Maria V. Zaragoza’s López Building (Meralco Building).
Celebrate the City of Pasig’s 441st Anniversary on Wednesday, 2 July 2014 with one of National Artist for Architecture José Maria V. Zaragoza’s opus: The López Building (Meralco Building) shown in the cover of this rare magazine from 1968 still visibly under construction.
The Lopez Museum and Library will be closed on 2 July 2014 for Araw ng Pasig.
Read more on National Artist for Architecture José Maria V. Zaragoza
Gov.ph: Declaring José Maria V. Zaragoza (Posthumous) as National Artist for Architecture
Inquirer: José Maria V. Zaragoza: Master builder
For research at the Lopez Library, call us at 6312425.
"Complicated" E-cards for the 116th Philippine Independence Day | Complicated exhibit on view until 2 August 2014
In celebration of the 116th Philippine Independence Day that coincides with our current exhibit Complicated (on view until 2 August 2014), we produced four commemorative e-cards juxtaposing the works of our featured artists with poignant messages of our heroes and patriots.
21 Feb – 2 Aug 2014: Complicated at the Lopez Museum and Library.
It’s Complicated, a phrase popularized by social media, has become the catch all for all undefined and problematic relationships typical of the post-modern world. Seeing parallels between these and the complex relationship of the Philippines with its colonial pasts, the Lopez Museum and Library, in partnership with Tin-aw Art Gallery, opens its first exhibit for the year, Complicated on February 21, 2014 featuring commissioned works by guest artists Mike Adrao, Leslie de Chavez, and Ea Torrado, juxtaposed with works by Juan Luna, Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo, Juvenal Sanso, Bencab, Ang Kiukok, Jerry Elizalde Navarro and other artworks from the Lopez Museum collection.Mike Adrao’s charcoal on paper works collectively titled “Colony” comprise of intricately ornamented, larger-than-life anthropomorphic pillars and delicately drawn insects whose patterns were researched from the Lopez Library collection. Representing various forms of colonization our country has undergone, his works reference the interplay of our living culture and those of the colonizers that have reached our shores. Several of these pieces were selected for the curated “platform exhibits” representing Southeast Asian art trajectories in the recently concluded Art Stage 2014 in Singapore.
Leslie de Chavez presents several installations and paintings that focus on colonization, not just as the context of our history, but as an ongoing process in which we are very much a part of. Known for his acerbic cultural commentary, his works take a critical stance that aims to jolt audiences to reflexivity, awareness, and realization. One work in particular is created in reaction to the museum’s collection of Per Pacem et Libertatem (For Peace and Liberty) studies. These studies are what remains of a mural-sized work by Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo commissioned by the American colonial government and exhibited during the 1904 St. Louis Exposition where villages were set up in St. Louis, Missouri and people from various ethnolinguistic groups of the Philippines were shipped and exhibited to the American public. His other works are likely premised on touchy subjects in our culture and history.
Choreographer and dancer Ea Torrado presents a three-channel video installation based on the frantic search of Jose Rizal’s Sisa and reflections on the museum’s iconic España y Filipinas by Juan Luna. Using Sisa’s search for her missing children as a metaphor of post-colonial identity, Torrado presents the search for the many desaparecidos and victims of extrajudicial killings in recent history as premised in the promises of modernity and progress which are both at the core of nation-building and Luna’s painting. This film is produced with the support of Tuchi Imperial, sound designer Chris Aronson, cinematographer and film editor Dan Pamintuan and the ABS CBN Film Archives.
These commissioned works are contextualized amid various collections from the museum’s painting and archival collections. Works by Juan Luna, Fabian Dela Rosa, Juvenal Sanso, Jerry Elizalde Navarro, Bencab, Ang Kiukok, among others, are exhibited with select books from the library’s collection and rich archive of colonial photographs, maps, travel journals, sketches and cartoons, including those done by Tony Velasquez (known for his creation of the early Filipino comics series Kenkoy), Liborio Gatbonton, and Mario Dangan. The exhibit is further supplemented by loaned artworks by Juvenal Sanso and contemporary artist Anton del Castillo.
Complicated is curated by Ricky Francisco and Ethel Villafranca. It will run from February 21 to August 2, 2014. It is presented with support from Tin-aw Art Gallery. For more information, call Tina at 6312417 or email firstname.lastname@example.org