2013

Looking for Juan: REVOLUTION, May 31 – June 18, 2013

Looking for Juan: REVOLUTION

Dozens of the country’s artists have been invited to participate and interpret the theme, “REVOLUTION”, as a tribute to Andres Bonifacio on his 150th birth year anniversary.


NAMELESS | Dave Lock, May 31 – June 18, 2013

NAMELESS | Dave Lock

Dave Lock illustrates verses from the 98B COLLABoratory in these works of oil on canvas – all untitled, hence: Nameless. A self-described “optimistic nihilist,” Lock’s work is permeated by his realizations of “an extreme termination to all living and non-living things,” which move from hand to brush to canvas, in fine strokes that illustrate the artist’s careful avoidance of disillusion and depression.


The Last Pine Tree | Kat Palasi, April 25 – May 20, 2013

The Last Pine Tree | Kat Palasi

By using photography to highlight issues that are close to her heart, Kat Palasi’s The Last Pine Tree portrays the face of industry through a story of dispossession. In Palasi’s words, the people of Benguet province have become “disenfranchised by the many ‘development’ projects that have been imposed on them for many decades”.


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BUENVIAJE: An Ode to Good Voyage | Anton del Castillo, 25 April to 20 May 2013

BUENVIAJE: An Ode to Good Voyage | Anton del Castillo

In Buenviaje, del Castillo’s central image is a cattle caravan usually seen peddling native handicrafts in the streets. Del Castillo brings the peddler caravan into the museum as a gesture of deconstruction — from its original form as a utilitarian icon into an objet d’art. Using the cattle caravan as a platform and a metaphor, he puts together the medium and technique that he had used in previous works (gold leaf relief-painting, metal build-up sculpture, assemblage of found objects and video). Buenviaje is hence del Castillo’s ode to a good voyage, the caravan and his art practice. The ‘buenas/good’ largely refers to a harmony of series of choices, events and conditions, rather than plain and simple good fortune.
Curated by Dayang Yraola


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Ganta | Diokno Pasilan, 20 March-20 April 2013

Ganta | Diokno Pasilan

A word referring to an act of measuring or signifying a quantity, the title Ganta derives from Pasilan’s appropriation of a local device used to gauge the volume of grain. In this exhibition, the artist transforms the cube-like form of the gantangan into lightboxes evincing images of indigenous houses. These glowing cubes become modules arranged in an installation revealing the artist’s engagement with the material culture of various locales he inhabits.


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Curiosities | Geraldine Javier, 13 February – 15 March 2013

Curiosities | Geraldine Javier

In Curiosities, Geraldine Javier explores the idea and process of collecting as a form of a human-object relationship. It focuses on the ties a collector creates with artifacts, relics and artworks Javier as an artist has collected, a condition that blurs the boundaries between collecting and art production. This relation is further illustrated in the juxtaposition of Madame A’s collection and Jorge Vargas’s memorabilia in the Museum. Their collections are representations of themselves as these objects play out as bearer of agency as construed by the artist.


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Walang Sinasanto | Emmanuel Garibay, 13 February – 15 March 2013

Walang Sinasanto | Emmanuel Garibay

Walang Sinasanto embraces an entire range of allusions and references that straddle the realms of the mundane and the divine. It can denote the loss of sanctity, deeming no one or nothing sacred; it can also describe a condition where authority and hierarchy are challenged, or imply a condition of social and moral decadence. This set of meanings opens up a rich plane for discourse, which Garibay elaborates on his canvases.


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THE PRESIDENT’S OFFICE, 8 January – 9 February 2013

The President’s Office

It is with consideration for this character of Malacañang as an imaginative blind spot that the participating artists took on the task of representing the Presidential Office. Their construction of the interior features and contents of the Presidential Office are informed by their perceptions of its functions, significations, and history. In turn, as representations that serve as reflections of their own imaginations, the works also function as indices of the expectations, fantasies, and perceived relationships that overlay our collective imaging of the seat of power.
A group show curated by Antares Gomez Bartolome


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Lupa: Struggle for Land

Comprising works in various media made by two generations of visual artists, Lupa: Struggle for Land weighs on the states of oppression and exploitation that the peasantry—the country’s most populous social sector—faces. The exhibit looks back on the decades of landlessness, usury, land grabbing by both the colonial and native elite, natural resource plunder, and worsening poverty and their effects on society and the generations to come.


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Opening reception of Visualizing Sound at the 3F Galleries - 9 February, 6pm Exhibition runs until 16 March 2019. Visualizing Sound is an exhibition that presents the collaboration 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. The Vargas Museum Education Guide for the show can be downloaded via link over at our Facebook page.
Vargas Museum Education Guides for our February 2019 exhibitions are now available online. The study guides are designed for discussions and activities for classes in Humanities, Art Studies, Anthropology, Fine Arts, Cultural Studies, History, Political and other Social Sciences. It is encouraged that course tutors/teachers have a pre-visit to the exhibition before the class’s actual visit. The education guides may be reproduced. For pre-visits and tours, please inquire via vargasmuseum@gmail.com. Go to our Facebook profile page for the links!
Now at the 3F Galleries: Opening reception of Visualizing Sound by Gerardo Tan, Dr. Fe Prudente, and Sammy Buhle. Open to the public!
"Letter from a Mermaid to His Father" by Russ Ligtas is currently installed at the 3F Landing for "Transpersonal, instructions" exhibition which is on extended view until 9 March 2019. Russ Ligtas studied Painting at the University of the Philippines Cebu. Currently based in Manila, his performed personalities "operate via autobiographical intermedia forms combining action, artifact, and chance" as presented in the following sites and engagements: Visayas Biennale, Fringe MNL Festival, the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), Bangkok Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Spielart Festival in Munich, and more. He was a mentor at ARTery Artist Mentorship Program in 2015 and was also a fellow at the Iligan National Writers Workshop and the Cornelio Faigao Memorial Writers Workshop. He played the lead role in the film "Miss Bulalacao" in 2015. In 2016, he received the Alvin Erasga Tolentino Choreography Award and the CCP’s Koryolab grant. He spent a few months in New York in 2018 as an Asian Cultural Council Fellow.
Visualizing Sound by Gerardo Tan, Dr. Fe Prudente, & Sammy Buhle opens tonight at 6pm! Everyone is invited. #textile #fabric #music #translation #indigenous #contemporary
Visualizing Sound by Gerardo Tan, Dr. Fe Prudente, and Sammy Buhle opens TOMORROW, 9 February, Saturday at 6pm. Everyone is invited to the reception. For more information, please contact 928-1927 during office hours.

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