Art, Museum, South Wing Gallery, UP Vargas Museum

Tapping the Vein

Tapping the Vein
Al Manrique
03 March – 30 April 2011
3F South Wing Gallery

The UP Jorge B. Vargas Museum (UPVM) presents the works of Al Manrique in Tapping the Vein which will open on March 3, 2011, Thursday, 4:00PM at the South Wing Gallery of the museum. The exhibition , which commemorates his death anniversary features paintings, prints and photographs that have never been shown before.

"Iyon pang Isang Kamay, Dali!", 1974, Intaglio, 3/30

Al Manrique (1949 – 2006) was a visual artist, activist and one of the core members of the 70s Social Realists. He graduated with a degree in architecture from the University of Santo Tomas in 1970. He was also the founder of e@rt Philippines and experimented with digital technology and the cyberspace as medium and platform of art production. His works are metaphors of the struggle of the workers and the urban poor. The figures of torso, arms and hands, which oftentimes emphasize the veins, symbolize the resistance in the bondage, the relationship between labor power and repression, and the articulation of freedom against oppression.

Manrique’s works interact with the archival collection of the museum of photographs of athletes who took part in the 10th Far Eastern Games in May 1934. The collector, Jorge B. Vargas, was the vice president of the Philippine Amateur Athletic Federation at that time and was also instrumental in the construction of the Rizal Memorial Complex which served as venue for numerous sports events.

Tapping the Vein will run until April 30, 2011. For more information, please contact the UP Vargas Museum at 928-1927 (direct line), 981-8500 local 4024 (UP trunk line), 929-1925 (fax), 0929-8567909 (mobile), or write You may also visit the Museum’s official website at


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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