Art, Exhibit, Front Lawn

Kwarantin | Junyee


virtual opening: 16 July, Thursday | 6 PM, Vargas Museum front lawn

Click here to go to the Facebook event page of the exhibition for the latest updates.

The UP Vargas Museum virtually presents Kwarantin, a new installation work by 2020 Gawad CCP Para sa Sining honoree (Visual Arts) and pioneering Filipino artist Junyee. The work will be part of the virtual tour with Form | Kata    Proto-type to premiere on 16 July 2020, at 6 in the evening, via the Vargas Museum Facebook page.

Kwarantin is Junyee’s spare take on a timely issue that bears immense weight on people all over the world uncertain about a possible contagion. With the assistance of the Pitopito Artists Group Cavite, Junyee constructs bamboo beds enclosed in tall, uneven rails and with black marks dispersed across the space. The beds are strewn on the museum lawn to index a state of unrest. The artist, believing in the endless possibilities brought about by bamboo as material, invites viewers to reflect on the limits set not only by the virus on everyday activity, but also by the tentative responses of governments towards the viral problem.

Junyee (b. 1942) is a Los Baños-based artist known for pioneering installation art in the country and for the use of organic and indigenous materials in his works. Born in Agusan del Norte, he received his fine arts education from the University of the Philippines Diliman and had National Artist Napoleon Abueva as mentor. He has achieved critical acclaim from local and international awarding bodies and his art has been exhibited locally and internationally. The artist also established Sining Makiling, an art gallery in the campus of University of the Philippines Los Baños.

For more information, please contact Vargas Museum at (+632) 981-8500 loc. 4024 (UP trunkline), (+632) 928-1925 (fax) or send an email to You may also check our website at, Facebook via, Instagram via @upvargasmusuem, and Twitter via @UPVargasMuseum for updates.


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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