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.

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Object at the Beyond Myself exhibition:

Nathalie Dagmang and Curating Development
Postcards to OFWs in Hong Kong and London
2017-ongoing

Visitors are encouraged to write responses on postcards. The postcards are digital copies of the 2017 workshop outputs by migrant workers in 2017. The 2018 Summer Art Workshops by Fernando B. Sena resume on 10 April. Registration is ongoing. The workshops are for kids (8+), teens, and adults.

Schedule: Every Tuesday 
9-11:30am (Beginner)
2:30-5pm (Advanced)

Each level is a total of eight sessions.

For details, please contact Mr. Sena at 376-2196 or 0918-951-9989 or the Vargas (Glenn/Linda) at 928-1927 during office hours. #drawing #painting #stilllife #portraiture #landscape #figures #Repost of visual artist @renz.baluyot's take of Junyee's Bridge at the front lawn and Indy Paredes's Tiyad on a column of the Vargas building. The two projects are part of Living Architecture show. @artkitekturafestival Here are photos from colleagues from Scalabrini Migration Center PH of the exhibition opening of Beyond Myself last 15 February. We thank the families and friends of migrant workers, academics, the U.P. Office of the Chancellor, and all guests for coming to the launch. This is a Curating Development project initiated by a team at #Goldsmiths, and is a partnership among several artists, organizations and collectives in the #Philippines, #London, and #HongKong. On 22 February 1987, the Jorge B. Vargas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center was formally inaugurated. Today, the Vargas celebrates 31 years of museum work. @artkitekturafestival Artkitektura presents Exhibit Encounters at the UP Vargas Museum

28 February (Wed) 
2:30pm - Guided tour of the Living Architecture Exhibition 
3:00pm - FROM NATURE TO ARCHITECTURE: Gaudi's Sagrada Familia with Ar. Choie Funk

Free and open to the public, limited slots. Pre-register via vargasmuseum@gmail.com. 
The story of Gaudi's life speaks of the mystery of all exceptional talent with which every human being could be endowed. Coupling this notion with that particular era during which he was born, Gaudi's whole work was an expression of a period. The Basílica de la Sagrada Família, as with his other works, spans realities of the 19th century straight through the 21st, as we expect its completion in 2026.

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