Art, Exhibit, Main Gallery (Kawilihan), Museum

Art Beyond Appearances: Caring for Amorsolo’s Legacy

Art Beyond Appearances: Caring for Amorsolo’s Legacy

04 February – 03 May 2009

Kawilihan Gallery

2/F, UP Vargas Museum

                                     

The exhibition Art Beyond Appearances: Caring for Amorsolo’s Legacy opens on 4 February, Wednesday at 6 pm, to culminate the two-year long collaboration between three units of the University of the Philippines Diliman – the Jorge B. Vargas Museum, the National Institute of Physics, and the Department of Electronics and Electrical Engineering. It aims to promote an interdisciplinary approach to understand and care for our country’s tangible cultural assets through the expertise of individuals from the arts and sciences. 

 

Focusing on the works of Fernando Amorsolo, the first National Artist, and his contemporaries from the Vargas Museum collection, the exhibit presents the integration of physics and electronics engineering to develop non-invasive tools and techniques in analyzing oil on canvas paintings.  It will feature visual and scientific analysis of artworks with interactive components to explain optical measurements and digital archiving of the painters’ signature techniques such as color palette and surface texture.  The project also looks into preventive conservation concepts and will be demonstrated with the installation of wireless temperature and relative humidity sensors throughout the gallery. 

 

The project team will also hold a two-day workshop on April 16 & 17 to share techniques developed in digital archiving and indoor climate monitoring. Limited slots are available and priority will be given to museum personnel. 

 

For more details, contact the UP Vargas Museum at 981-8500 loc 4024, 928-1927 and 928-1925 (fax).  You can also send your inquiries via email to vargasmuseum@gmail.com or visit the website www.vargasmuseum.org.  The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday, 9 am to 4 pm.

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About Jorge B. Vargas Museum

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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