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Vargas x Met Exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila

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UP Vargas Museum and Metropolitan Museum of Manila opened two new exhibitions last 21 April. Curated by Dr. Patrick Flores, Fascination with Filipiniana: The Vargas Museum Collection and In the Wake of War and the Modern: Manila, 1941 to 1961 feature the comprehensive collection of the Jorge B. Vargas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center of the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City.

UPDATED_Vargas_Social-Media-Poster_FnF-VersionFascination with Filipiniana examines the body of works that Jorge Vargas accumulated through time, a period which coincided with significant years in Philippine history, before and after World War II. The collection of paintings, memorabilia, stamps, books, and coins highlights the intertwining role of Vargas as a civic leader, an art collector, and a Filipiniana connoisseur. With a historical figure passionate in both the arts and politics, the relevance of Vargas’s place in Philippine art history expands beyond the birth of a museum to rebuilding a nation from the ravages of war.

UPDATED_Vargas-Social-Media-PosterWeaving the collections of the Vargas Museum and the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas together, In the Wake of War and the Modern: Manila, 1941 to 1961 revolves around the relationship between Jorge Vargas and the city of Manila. The exhibit traces remarkable milestones for Jorge Vargas: From 1941, when he was appointed as Mayor of Manila under the Japanese Forces to 1961, when he became Regent of the University of the Philippines, to which his collection was donated. During this period, what is now known as ‘Mabini Art’ prospered in the eponymous street, where the Metropolitan Museum of Manila is now located. The district surrounding Mabini Street burgeoned into a community that sold paintings bearing semblance to the style of Fernando Amorsolo, whose works were patronized by Jorge Vargas. The exhibit explores the history of Philippine art collection in the context of institutions such as the Vargas Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Manila, University of the Philippines, and the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.

Fascination with Filipiniana: The Vargas Museum Collection and In the Wake of War and the Modern: Manila, 1941 to 1961 is on view at the ground floor galleries of the Metropolitan Museum of Manila until July 21. For inquiries: vargasmuseum@gmail.com or info@metmuseum.ph.

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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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The Nature of the Collection (1F Galleries) and Revisiting the Conservative (3F Galleries) are extended until 22 June 2019. For group tours, please contact vargasmuseum@up.edu.ph.
The 2019 Art Workshops by Fernando B. Sena at the UP Vargas Museum resume on 22 June. Registration is ongoing. The workshops are for kids (8+), teens, and adults. Mr. Sena teaches painting, drawing, still life, portraiture, landscape, and figures. Schedule: 9-11:30am, eight Saturdays For details, please contact Vargas Museum (Linda) at 928-1927 or Mr. Sena at 376-2196 during office hours.
ADVISORY: Galleries will be closed early at 12 PM tomorrow, 13 June 2019, for a book launch. Inquiries: vargasmuseum@up.edu.ph
ADVISORY: The museum will be closed tomorrow, Independence Day. Inquiries: vargasmuseum@up.edu.ph
“Mr. Jorge B. Vargas, the designated Mayor of Greater Manila by President Quezon back in 1942, was an ardent client and devoted friend of Amorsolo. Aside from having his own portrait done he commissioned Amorsolo a variety of paintings with subjects ranging from family and friends’ portraits to views of residences, landscapes and seascapes, from war scenes and historical events to nude studies. Mr. Vargas had been so close a friend to Amorsolo that he would even confide to the artist his personal problems.” The Nature of the Collection 1F Galleries Exhibition runs until June 15, 2019 --- Source: Lazo, Sylvia Amorsolo et al. Maestro Fernando C. Amorsolo: Recollections of the Amorsolo Family. 2009.
ADIVSORY: UP Vargas Museum will be closed today, 6 June 2019, for Lekturang Norberto Romualdez. Inquiries: vargasmuseum@up.edu.ph

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