Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Feature: Propaganda Exhibit in Lopez museum. Museum with an Edge

Hello everyone! I was blessed to attend the recent opening of the Propaganda Exhibit in Lopez Museum last February 6, 2015. The Lopez Museum teamed up with Samsung Philippines to give an interactive experience to the museum goers. The exhibition shows the idea of myth making and also to show change and progress.

samsung tablets are installed in every gallery we entered
they are also pretty useful because they have integrated reality. 
its either they show the restoration process or info of the piece itself.

Mr. Ricky Francisco, co-curator of Propaganda, said the exhibition was made to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II with Don M. Salubayba, 2009 CCP Thirteen Artists Awardee and one of the most promising artists of his generation.Mr. Salubayba unexpectedly passed away during the planning process and the exhibition evolved to also be a tribute to him. The exhibition includes a few of his important works such as Pagsasabuhay, Abysmal Abound: Trinity of Passiveness, and his “anino-mation” (shadow puppetry animation) A Not so Giant Story (Legend of the Philippines) that have been sourced and borrowed with the help of Tin-aw Art Management. 

some of the posters and news clippings during WW2

Also featured are World War II posters, election-related archival materials, LVN movies still photographs, a collection of rare maps, Philippine imprints; a recreation of Santiago Bose's 1983 installation Pasyon at Rebolusyon that has been reinstalled by Kawayan de Guia;commissioned works from social realist and Negros Occidental-based artist Nunelucio Alvarado; 2012 Thirteen Artists awardee Joey Cobcobo; and writer and Gawad Urian awardee film-maker Alvin Yapan. Enriching the exhibit and re-framing the exhibition issues are works by 18th century masters Juan Luna and Félix Resurrección Hidalgo, along with those of national artists Fernando Amorsolo, Jose Joya, Cesar Legaspi, Vicente Manansala, and J. Elizalde Navarro from the permanent collection.

our curator miss ethel giving us info about the posters on display.

Co-curator Ethel Villafranca says that this exhibition invites visitors to "reflect on where we, as a country, have been and where we are going". Ultimately, Propaganda aims to engage the public, challenge them to see the connections in history and culture within the objects in the exhibition, and be more discerning when presented with information, whether political or otherwise.

Juan Luna’s Espana y Filipinas

Through Samsung Smart TVs and mobile devices, visitors will see ultra- violet scans of Juan Luna’s Espana y Filipinas, revealing details behind the painting; flip through digital copies of the library’s oldest books in its collections that date back to the 15th century; watch a video of the conservation process of these old books; and view several of Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo’s studies of Per Pacem Et Libertatem on a tablet device.

Propaganda will run from February 6 to May 30, 2015 and is presented with support from Samsung Philippines, Gourment Frams, Inc., Tin-aw Artists Management, the heirs of Doña Narcissa de Leon (LVN collection), and ABS -CBN Film and Media Archives.
For more information, call Tina at 6312417 or email lmmpasig@gmail.com.

Lopez Museum and Library is at the G/F Benpres Bldg., Meralco cor. Exchange Rd., Ortigas Center, Pasig City. Museum and library hours are 8-5pm Mondays through Saturdays except Sundays and holidays.

Check out the links below for more info
PR info above from lopez museum
photos are mine though :)

I love the fact that this museum is accessible to the public and the fee is just 100 pesos! its not too far as well since its just near SM megamall. I really cant remember when is the last time that i was able to see works of Juan Luna and Fernando Amorsolo in real life and its really a nice experience that there is a curator that gives information about the items on the gallery as well. Ms. Ethel is very knowledgeable about every piece on display, and the artists explained their amazing works of art while we tour around and all in all this is an amazing place to art loves (like me and husband). I hope you guys visit the place and learn about our history and appreciate the works of our very own filipino artists.