Art, Book Launch, Exhibit, Lobby, Main Gallery (Kawilihan), South Wing Gallery, West Wing Gallery (Edge)

Invitation from the UP Vargas Museum | 23 February 2010 Events

Vargas Collects History
3F South Wing Gallery

This exhibition seeks to stress Jorge B. Vargas’s ordeals throughout his tenure in two colonial regimes. It focuses on his allegiance to President Manuel Quezon, who gave his full confidence in Vargas’s capacity. As Vargas participated in these events in history, he was also resolute in his humanistic pursuits. He was building a collection of art, stamps, coins, books, and archives as well. Today, the collection, culled during the height of Vargas’s political life, tells the story of his disposition in which the cultural and the political, art and the state, diverse aspects of the “collective” intersect. Exhibition runs until 15 April 2010.

The Vargas Collection
2F Main Gallery

The exhibit features the museum’s art collection spanning the late 19th century works of the old masters to the post-war era of the modernists. True to its commitment of initiating dialogues between the art of the past and the contemporary expression, the exhibit includes works by invited guest artists Mark Salvatus, Poklong Anading, Roberto Feleo, Alfredo Juan and Isabel Aquilizan, and Cocoy Lumbao. These contemporary pieces converse with the works of Juan Luna, Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo, Fernando Amorsolo, Guillermo Tolentino, Vicente Manansala, Cesar Legaspi and Victorio Edades among others.

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Alfredo Juan/ Isabel Aquilizan

Lobby and West Wing Gallery

The practice of Alfredo Juan/Isabel Aquilizan indexes the habit of keeping and investing things with sentiments. It is a disposition shaped by varying desires: as a matter of necessity for a family of five children and as a matter of contingency for artists seeking the intimate contexts of a collective, whether kin or nation, the mass or the global. It is further deepened by their experience as Filipino migrants in Australia and their commissions of installations across the world. In this exhibition, they recollect their art: old drawings, collages, the more recent Mabini art project, and important pieces since 1997 involving identification cards, shoes, toothbrushes, slippers, and even the vestiges of their studio in Los Baños. They finally rummage through the store room of the Vargas Museum to create an installation of an institution’s vestiges and surplus: to take stock. Exhibition runs until 10 April 2010.

The events will be capped by the book launch of A Political Life in the Arts: Senator Edgardo J. Angara and Philippine Culture.

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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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