Thursday, January 21, 2010

Philippine Art Boom in Singapore

Indepth Arts News:

"Thrice Upon A Time : A Century of Story in the Art of the Philippines"
2009-11-14 until 2010-03-14
Singapore Art Museum
Singapore, SG Singapore

From November 13, 2009 until March 14, 2010 at the Singapore Art Museum, Thrice Upon A Time invites viewers on a journey filled with the stories and art of the Philippines, an adventure spanning over a hundred years. The Philippines has a rich tradition of storytelling, with stories from her pre-colonial past to present-day tales, and this exhibition presents the epic story of the country and her people through visual art. The role of the artist-as-storyteller is highlighted within this exhibition and ideas about representation, authenticity, identity and history of the nation and its people are explored.

Playing with the classic line that begins those familiar stories, "Once upon a time", the show suggests that the best stories are told over and over again. The exhibition presents works from the Philippine grand masters to some of her most exciting contemporary artists, including Fernando Amorsolo, Carlos Botong Francisco, Ben Cabrera, Anita Magsaysay-Ho, Charlie Co and Geraldine Javier. Audiences will also have the exceptional opportunity to see two of the Philippines' most iconic and legendary masterworks, from Juan Luna and Félix Resurrección Hidalgo, and a rarely seen painting by the Philippines' national hero, Jose Rizal.

Note: This particular Art Exhibit showcasing 70 rarely seen works and arguably one of the largest and most historically rich exhibitions of Philippine Art ever assembled outside of the country, will only run until January 31, 2010. I really wish I could go and visit, but the house-painter in me from doing so. It's a good thing the Ateneo Art Gallery where the Neo-Realist Masterworks Exhibit is lent from is much closer (literally) to home.


Jose Tence Ruiz,
Paraisado Sorbetero (Orange), 2004
Mixed Media Installation
Singapore Art Museum Collection

Juan Luna's Spain and the Philippines (1886)

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