Monday, March 8, 2010

Lopez Memorial Museum: Bridging traditional and digital

March 6, Lopez Memorial Museum, Benpress Building, Ortigas Center, Pasig City - It's been awhile since I visit a museum aside from the gallery and exhibits in malls and other activity centers. "After The Facts" exhibit at the Lopez Museum is the theme of LMM's 50 years celebration, combining the works of the famous painters like Juan Luna and Felix Resurrecion Hidalgo with the works of the National Artists like Vicente Manansala, J. Elizalde Navarro, Botong Francisco and others. Juxtaposition, this is the idea of the After the Facts exhibit at the Lopez Museum, combining the works of the traditional painters with the non-conventional to create a connection of different generations of the artist and how their works can communicate to present times. LMM is divided to different major rooms, including the gallery of maps, Luna and Hidalgo's collection, Rizaliana section, national artist section and the Filipiniana Library. Here are some paintings and visual arts shown in the LMM exhibit.

El Asesinato del Gobernador Bustamante y su Hijo by Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo (1853)

Flautista by Juan Luna (1883)

Espana y Filipinas by Juan Luna (1886)

Untitled by J Elizalde Navarro (1975)

Centennial Flag by J Elizalde Navarro (1998)

Crucifiction by Vicente Manansala (1971)

Soldiers (Heroes of the Past) Benedicto "BenCab" Cabrera

Recuerdos by Benedicto "Bencab" Cabrera (1985)

The Lopez Memorial Museum was founded in February 13, 1960 was by Don Eugenio Lopez Sr. in honor of his parents Benito Lopez and Presentacion Hofilena. The primary goal of the museum is to reach out to students in providing them an access to the large collections of Filipiniana books, paintings, maps, manuscripts and artifacts which are personally owned by the Lopez’s. From the usual collection of the Lopez’s, LMM is now open for other artist to share their works from paintings to visual arts to expand the museum’s collection, works of Fernando Zobel, Nena Saquil, Macario Vitalis, Jose Joya and Romeo Tabuena, here are the samples of their works displayed at the Lopez Museum:

Flotsam by Ann Wizer

A Flying Machine for Icarus by J Elizalde Navarro (1984)

Musmos by Imelda Cajipe Endaya (1990)

Spanish Steps by Leon Pacunayen (1966)

La Vision by Fernando Zobel (1961)

Topless Victorian by Jose Tence Ruiz (2009)

But the Lopez Memorial Museum is unique from other museum where it offers both traditional and digital arts that will encourage appreciations from all ages. According to Claro Ramirez, the curator of LMM he says they are working on collections that will cater in all visitors of the Lopez Museum. At the same time they wanted to instill challenge in the minds of their guests on how they mix collections in different rooms, also they wanted to combine traditional to digital by offering the Lunas and Hildalgos back to back with the works of National Artists and other modernized visual arts. Watch the full interview of Claro Ramirez, LMM’s curator:

Claro Ramirez with his work where he called it Totem

For as low as 100 pesos for adults, 80 pesos for high school and college students and 60 pesos for elementary students, they can access the Lopez Museum and Library, where the library has over 19, 000 Filipiniana books.

In its 50th anniversary they launch Unfolding: Half a Century of the Lopez Memorial Museum and Library is a limited coffee table book that contains information about the history of the Lopez Museum, painting, visual arts and book collections. The book only cost P2,500.00 without a box and P2,800.00 with a box.

Lopez Memorial Museum is locates at the ground floor, Benpres Building, Exchange Road, Ortigas Center Pasig City and operation time is from Mondays to Saturdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., except holidays for more info please call 635-9545 (Museum) and 631-2417 (Library).

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

how accurate are the dates?? cause from other sources, the "crucifixion" is dated 1968.

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