Art, Artist Talk / Walk-Through, Lecture, Lobby, UP Vargas Museum

Artist Talk: Alwin Reamillo

Artist Talk
Alwin Reamillo
04 July 2008
2:30 – 4:30 PM

The Lobby, G/F
UP Jorge B. Vargas Museum

The artist and his restored upright pianos during a Press interview.

The artist and his restored upright pianos during a Press interview.

In connection with the
Nicanor Abelardo Grand Piano Project
20 June to December 2008

To continue the celebration of the University of the Philippines’ Centenary, the UP Jorge B. Vargas Museum will host an Artist’s Talk by Alwin Reamillo, the museum’s current artist-in-residence. The talk will be held on 04 July 2008, 2:30 to 4:30 PM at the Lobby of the UP Vargas Museum.

The artist will set the context of the Nicanor Abelardo Grand Piano Project by sharing insights on the piano making industry in the country and its demise, his experiences growing up in a piano workshop, and the collaborative processes involved in his past and ongoing projects. Alwin Reamillo will also discuss what he aims to achieve throughout his residency.

Reamillo is an Australia-based artist behind the Nicanor Abelardo Grand Piano Project. The project features an installation-in-progress which opened last 20 June 2008 at the UP Vargas Museum. The artist’s ongoing residency project involves the sourcing of old upright and grand pianos and its transformation into art case instruments. These art case pianos also function as conceptual portraits to pay tribute to the memory of Nicanor Abelardo, the first modernist composer in the country and the composer of the university hymn, UP Our Beloved / UP Naming Mahal. The artist’s installation thematically focuses on Abelardo’s classical work, the Mutya ng Pasig. Included in the installation is a grand piano previously owned by the late Prof. Rey Paguio of the UP College of Music. The grand piano signifies work-in-progress, as it will be developed in the months to come.

For more details on the Artist’s Talk, please contact the UP Vargas Museum at numbers 928-1927 (direct line), 928-1925 (telefax), 981-8500 locals 4023 / 4024, or email us at vargasmuseum@gmail.com

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It aims to preserve its collection donated by Jorge B. Vargas and conducts research, exhibitions, publications, and educational programs. The Vargas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center houses a museum, archives, and library devoted to the Philippine history, art, and culture from the late 19th century until the post-war era. Its main beneficiaries are students, faculty, researchers and scholars of the Philippines and Asia.

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