Thursday, September 25, 2014

Thursday, September 25, 2014


A N D   L I B R A R Y


Philippine art, everything remarkable and non-sensical about it, belongs in a museum to be preserved and shared. With artists and art faithfuls out and about, a museum is where the creative rendezvous makes perfect sense regardless of time. History, after all, is not the only thing that's filling the nook and cranny of an art space. Along with artifacts and vintage collections, the fervor to keep the discussion going in the present reverberates in the hallways, ceilings, and corners of such a venue. As a result, echoes from the future can be heard in every visit.

One such cocoon is the Lopez Museum and Library in Pasig City. Formerly based in Pasay City, the original four-storey edifice is now one ground floor of creative nostalgia and splendor at the Benpres Building in Ortigas Center. It's no accident that the area is terribly close to the site of a meteor fall or crash which is now known as the Tektite Towers (Philippine Stock Exchange). Art and art history aficionados continue to gravitate towards the museum as much as it lured the Lopez-owned hub away from the destructive, salty air of the Manila Bay. It still houses the original Filipiniana materials and rare artifacts that founder Don Eugenio Lopez, Sr. envisioned to exhibit to the public in 1960.

Rustling up tourists and curious Filipinos with an exhibition called Articles of Disagreement, The Lopez Museum & Library recently opened its doors last September 18, 2014 to share a collection of art forms that mesmerize the eyes and engage the mind. Different forms of art writing and criticism anecdotes highlight the exhibition with participation of featured artists like young filmmakers Tito and Tita, conceptual artist-curator Nilo Ilarde, Germany-based artist Maria Cruz, and 2013 Ateneo Art Awardee Buen Calubayan.

Articles of Disagreement effectively explores diverse occupations in the art industry against established institutional forms. Also included are collection of works by Raymundo Albano, Fernando Zobel, Nena Saguil, Roberto Chabet, plus masters Juan Luna and Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo.

Curated by Sidd Perez and Lian Ladia, the exhibition marks the opportunity for fond engagement via so-called reading laboratories wherein generation of Philippine art history narratives, art criticism, and broad art writing are laid bare as creative bait for further discussion.

There is actually an open call for screening of short films by budding filmmakers on November 27, 2014 and a screening-discussion of the film Mga Uod Ng Rosas two weeks prior to that.

For confirmation of activities, you may contact Thea Garing at theacarpiograing@gmail.
com or call 631-2417 for more details.

Daunting? Yes. Boring. Definitely not. This exhibition can lure you into believing that there is disagreement in agreement.

The Articles of Disagreement will have its last day on December 20, 2014.

Photography by Michael Gacer
Lopez Museum & Library

Address: G/F Benpres Building, Exchange Road cor. Meralco Avenue, Pasig City, Philippines
Operating Hours: 8:00am – 5:00pm, Mondays to Saturdays
Phone: (02) 6312417/ (02) 631-2425/ (02) 468-9486

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  1. Hi Karl/Michael,

    Thank you for the interesting read, I didn't know about the meteor crash site that is PSE building today, wow! I hope you enjoyed touring and writing about the Lopez Museum experience :)


    1. LOL I actually got my meteor crash info from a reliable source -- a former resident of Pasig City who had his barkada scramble for rock samples at the crash site. Got my friends from the art scene visiting the museum soon since the last day is on December, 2014.


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