Lopez Vargas with Vicente Vargas, guest artist Fr. Jason Dy and writer Virginia MorenoNapoleon Abueva’s intricately carved work “Code of Kalantiaw”—which serves as the main door of the Lopez Museum and Library—swung incessantly on August 19. With such a good turnout, the final exhibition opening at the museum’s Benpres Building address was a milestone, indeed.
The guest artists for the exhibitions The Given Order and What Do I Say to a Giant were present. Fr. Jason Dy was with the parish community of Kristong Hari. The parishioners were not only church volunteers, but also active collaborators for the Kanlungan ng Awa project. The same project, albeit with alterations, was remounted in the museum as part of Fr. Dy’s work.
Guest artist Anton del Castillo is known for portraying subjects that speak about faith and religion and their complex relationship with the self and society. Del Castillo created works that hark back to narratives from Christian biblical texts.
The second exhibition, What Do I Say to a Giant, is the first offering under the larger exhibition program “The Artist Turns a Century.” The year 2017 is a big one for Philippine arts and letters as National Artists mark their centenaries. Highlighted were two artists who are of especial relevance to the museum: Cesar Legaspi and Nick Joaquin.
Representatives from the Joaquin family were present to witness the unveiling of the works of Marc Gaba and Teaching Exhibitions comprised of Lyra Garcellano, Rica Estrada and Iris de Ocampo.
Gaba’s work was completed with a final gesture during the event—he stood in front of his work, “Erased Portrait of the Artist as Filipino (TriptychI),”and using his palm, removed all traces of text written on blackboard-like canvases. The text came from Joaquin’s“A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino.” Teaching Exhibitions also presented their completed zine, which is geared towards teachers looking for ways to engage students to learn about Joaquin.
The event was made more memorable by a medley of Frank Sinatra and Cole Porter classics— favorites of Joaquin. The Erehwon Jazz Orchestra was represented by several members, who performed throughout the evening.
The Given Order curated by Ricky Francisco and What Do I Say to a Giant curated by Thea Garing will be on show until November 29, 2017.
The Lopez Museum and Library is at the ground floor, Benpres Building, Exchange Road cor. Meralco Avenue, Pasig City. Museum days and hours are Mondays to Saturdays, except holidays, 8am-5pm. Avail of unlimited access to exhibitions and library resources by signing up for the Lopez Museum membership program. Members can borrow books from the lending section and get discounts on lectures, workshops and services for only P1,500. For other inquires and concerns, and for
scheduling of special tours and field trips, call 631-2417 (museum) or 631-2425 (library); or email lmmpasig@gmail. com.
(Story/Photos by: Thea Garing and Yna Musico)
Lopez Museum executive director Cedie Lopez Vargas welcomes the guests
Lopez Vargas with Vicente Vargas, guest artist Fr. Jason Dy and writer Virginia Moreno
Teaching Exhibitions’ Rica Estrada, Lyra Garcellano and Iris de Ocampo with Nick Joaquin’s niece, Charo Villegas (3rd from left)
Guest artist Marc Gaba (right) and Jay Yao
Guest artist Anton del Castillo and Asian Cultural Council Philippines director Tess Rances