The Building and Galleries

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The building of the museum was formally inaugurated in 1987, almost nine years after Mr. Vargas bequeathed his collection to the University of the Philippines.

The multi-level architecture was designed to support the museum’s diverse functions. It has a bookshop and space for the museum’s community arts program and a café for the museum and the university’s visitors.

The Ground Floor. This is the main access to the building. Its front lobby serves as the main reception area with stairs leading to the other levels of the structure.

This floor features areas for changing exhibitions. The Lobby, hosts temporary exhibitions, lectures, meet-the-artist sessions, book launchings, poetry readings and music recitals and concerts. Another area designated for changing displays on the west side of the building is the West Wing Gallery that stretches the whole area of the western portion and also covers the back side of the building. This area is designated for major solo exhibitions or group shows of contemporary artists.

The Second Floor. Visitors will find on this floor The Main Gallery of the museum where the exhibit of the permanent art collection is displayed. On occasion it hosts special exhibitions such as those touring from abroad or local collections that require ideal conditions for display.

The Third Floor. This level houses the archives, library and the Vargas memorabilia. It also has an exhibition space called The North Wing Gallery where photography and mostly contemporary art are exhibited. The South Wing Gallery holds thematic exhibitions of the permanent art and archival collections.  Technical and artistic support services personnel – curator, researcher, specialist and staff – also hold office in this level.

The Basement. This is the Vargas Museum’s activity center where workshops and community arts programs are held.

UPVM Wayfinder as of 13 Apr 2019

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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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