Lopez Museum announces upcoming Makati hub
Lopez Museum and Library announced its big move to Rockwell Makati during the last day of its "Grounded" exhibit, which featured National Artists Jose Joya, Jerry Elizalde Navarro, Federico Alcuaz and guest artists such as Toym Imao.
I was happy to visit the museum and hang out with its gracious executive director, Ms. Cedie Lopez-Vargas, who took me around.
According to Lopez-Vargas, the exhibit is an expression of how art can be a means to take flight while remaining grounded.
"The museum, founded in 1960, first opened in Pasay and moved to its current location in Pasig in 1985....the exhibit is especially significant as the museum prepares to take its flight to a new location at Rockwell Center's Proscenium in Makati," said Lopez-Vargas.
"Grounded" was curated by Claro Ramirez. It featured the works of guest artists Toym Imao, Josephine Turalba, Eric Zamuco, Alma Quinto, Goldie Poblador, Barbara Hlali, Ahmad Al Shaer and Khaled Hafez.
I specifically liked Toym Imao's sculpture "Diyos, Choose, Dues". I see it as a surreal social commentary. I think Toym's choice to use imagery from Michaelangelo Buonarroti's renaissance classic, "Creazione di Adamo," gives the piece a distinct character.
Toym Imao is the son of AbdulMari Asia Imao, the first moro to be awarded the order of national artist.
Goldie Poblador's "Ang Simula Ng Pagsibol" was also very innovative. Her artwork using sandblasted glass, neon phosphor, gas and wood features the similar technology found in plasma-lamps.
The exhibit also featured some excellent pieces from the museum’s collection, such as those by National Artists Jose Joya, Jerry Elizalde Navarro and Federico Alcuaz; Juan Arellano, Roberto Chabet, Brenda Fajardo, Juvenal Sanso, Nena Saguil and Pacita Abad.
Lopez Museum's next exhibit will be open to the public on the 6th of September 2013 and will feature artworks from the collection.
Visit Lopez Museum and Library. It is currently at the G/F Benpres Bldg., Meralco cor. Exchange Rd., Ortigas Center, Pasig City.
Museum hours are 8 am - 5 pm Mondays to Saturdays except Sundays and holidays.
Check out http://www.lopez-museum.org.ph/ for upcoming events and further announcements about their big move to Rockwell Center in Makati.
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