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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
Great to Share: A Cornucopia of Jose Rizal Animated GIFs #Rizal153
Lopez Museum & Library commemorates Jose Rizal’s 153rd Birth Anniversary — 19 June 2014. #Rizal153 inspired by A Game of Thrones
READ: RIZALIANA of the Lopez Museum and Library: Dr. Jose “Indio Bravo” Rizal, Rebel and Sweet Lover. Establishes the House — “La Liga Filipina”
READ: ON VIEW at the Lopez Museum: COMPLICATED Exhibit
Photo Gallery: Contextualizing ‘Complicated’ through the Lopez Library Archives
Photo Gallery: Contextualized and Juxtaposed: The Art of Complicated
RIZALIANA Photo Galleries
The Lopez Museum Rizaliana Artifacts
Retracing Dr. Jose P. Rizal’s Steps in Madrid
Lopez Museum Retraces Dr. Jose P. Rizal’s Steps: Ateneo de Madrid
Rizal Monument and Alberto House in Biñan, Laguna
Music marries art as Lopez Museum presents Complicated: The Concert on May 31. Viva Voce, a group that trains and supports talented classical singers, will be performing 15 songs inspired by artworks in the exhibition Complicated.
Led by their musical director, soprano Camille Lopez-Molina, 10 performers will be singing songs from operas by Verdi, Mozart, Gounod, and Bizet. They will also perform kundiman and sarswela by Filipino composers Lucio San Pedro, Severino Reyes, and Julian Celis Balita.
The concert is from 2 to 4pm and costs P300 per person (P270 for students and museum members). The fee includes admission to the current exhibition Complicated.
Complicated exhibit features the commissioned works by guest artists Mike Adrao, Leslie de Chavez, and Ea Torrado along with works from the museum’s collection by Juvenal Sanso, Bencab, and Ang Kiukok. Complicated will run until August 2, 2014. It is presented with support from Tin-aw Art Gallery.
Lopez Museum and Library is at the ground floor of Benpres Building, Exchange Road corner Meralco Avenue, Pasig City. Museum days and hours are Mondays-Saturdays, 8-5 pm, except holidays. For more information, call Tina at 631-2417.
Free Admission, Guided Tours and Coffee! On International Museum Day 17 May 2014 with Ea Torrado Artist Talk.
In celebration of the International Museum Day 2014, registration to the Artist Talk and admission to the museum throughout the day will be FREE. Guided tourswill be available every hour on the hour starting 9 a.m to 4 p.m.
Ea Torrado will discuss her work in Sisa, a video installation based on the frantic search of Jose Rizal’s Sisa and reflections on the museum’s iconic Juan Luna painting—España y Filipinas. She will also discuss her processes, choice of materials, subject matter, and the challenges and possibilities of art as engagement.
Torrado is an independent contemporary dancer-choreographer. She has essayed principal and soloist roles in both classical and contemporary full-length ballets. She has toured extensively in the Philippines and abroad with Ballet Manila, Ballet Philippines, and Dance Theatre of Tennessee. Torrado was also the ballet and contemporary dance teacher at the Cultural Center of the Philippines Dance School, Ballet Manila School, and Asian American Performing Arts Society. In 2013, she independently produced, conceptualized, and choreographed the dance theatre production Dots.
Please call Tina at 6312417 for more details. The Lopez Museum and Library is at the ground floor, Benpres Building, Exchange Road corner Meralco Avenue, Pasig City. Museum days and hours are Mondays-Saturdays, 8 am to 5 pm, except holidays.