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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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Happening next Thursday at the UP Vargas Museum: #BAPArtistTalk with @hitmaangurung and @sheelasha_rajbhandari • RSVP: vargasmuseum@up.edu.ph | 928-1927 • Kathmandu-based Hit Man Gurung and Sheelasha Rajbhandari are members of ArTree Nepal, an artist collective whose varied interdisciplinary practices are grounded in social practice, particularly responding to some of the most pressing social-political issues in Nepal including mass migration and women’s rights, among others. The artists will speak about their individual practice as well as how their collaborative work through ArTree Nepal with different individuals, including artisans, engineers, and writers initiates strategic grassroots interventions with the goal of fostering and empowering marginalized communities. • This talk is organized by @bellasartesprojects in partnership with @upvargasmuseum.
ADVISORY: UP Vargas Museum will be closed early at 4 PM today, 16 March 2019, for an event. Inquiries: vargasmuseum@up.edu.ph
Transpersonal, instructions closes today at 5pm. We thank everyone for visiting the exhibition. Image: Karrabing Collective Graffiti Dreaming #3 2018, Spray Paint on steel Kaingemerre (Sun) Penidjebhe (Star) Dreaming#2 2018, Installation
Vargas Conversations on Visualizing Sound Exhibition with Gerardo Tan, Dr. Felicidad A. Prudente, Sammy Buhle and Dr. Norma A. Respicio 14 March 2019, Thursday, 2:30 pm 1F Galleries UP Vargas Museum presents a conversation between Gerardo Tan, Felicidad Prudente, and Norma Respicio on the exhibition Visualizing Sound on March 14, 2019 at 2:30 pm at the 1F Galleries. Visualizing Sound is a collaborative exhibition which presents works between artist Gerardo Tan, musicologist Felicidad A. Prudente, and master weaver Sammy Buhle. The exhibition reflects on the translation of forms through the work Rendering, a video and audio documentation notated in modern sound symbols, which are then translated into visual images, and in turn interpreted in textile by the ikat method. Complementing this is another work by Tan titled Speaking in Tongue (inspired by an indigenous chant from Kalinga called sogna) that tries to articulate the production of vocal sounds resonating from a singer’s mouth. Thus, the exhibition Visualizing Sound becomes an intersection of modes rooted in tradition and enriched in multidisciplinary contexts. Join us as we create a broader understanding of how traditions and the contemporary setting harmonize through various forms of art. With exhibiting artist Gerardo Tan and Felicidad Prudente, together with insights from Norma A. Respicio who specializes in traditional art forms focusing on textiles, participate in learning transcribing from woven fabrics, articulating performance by presenting visuals, and portraying traditions through sound. Vargas Conversations: Visualizing Sound is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Vargas Museum at (+632) 981-8500 loc. 4024 (U.P. trunkline) or (+632) 928-1927, or send an email to vargasmuseum@up.edu.ph. You may also visit http://vargasmuseum.upd.edu.ph, like us on Facebook (fb.com/vargasmuseum.upd), and follow us on Twitter (@upvargasmuseum) for updates. Exhibition is extended until March 30, 2019 https://www.facebook.com/events/344010069548140/
The UP Vargas Museum has a new email address. For guided tour requests, queries about exhibitions and events, and other general inquiries and feedback regarding the museum, please contact us at vargasmuseum@up.edu.ph.
On 22 February 1987, the Jorge B. Vargas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center was formally inaugurated. Today, UP Vargas Museum celebrates 32 years of museum work.

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