As part of the Pioneers of Philippine Art exhibit in the Ayala Museum, Juan Luna’s great works will be available for viewing starting today, April 23, 2013, at the Ground Floor Gallery. Exhibit will run until May 23, 2013. The works of artists Fernando Amorsolo and Fernando Zobel can be found at the Third Floor Gallery until June 9, 2013.
Pioneers of Philippine Art chronicles 100 years of Philippine art from the late 19th to the 20th century in the works of three artists—Luna (1857-1899), Amorsolo (1892-1972), and Zobel (1924-1984)—each artist a pioneer in his own way, in his own time.
Luna was the first Filipino artist to achieve acclaim in Europe’s fine arts academy. He also pre-dated by 100 years the Realist movement that was to become popular in the Philippines. Amorsolo is perhaps the most beloved of Philippine artists with his paintings of landscape infused with shimmering light. Zobel was an artist of constant experimentation and his achievements as an artist, a teacher, and a patron have had profound influence on generations of Philippine artists.
Pioneers of Philippine Art: Luna, Amorsolo, Zobel was one of the inaugural exhibitions when the new Ayala Museum building opened in 2004. In 2006, a traveling version was curated by Dr. Florina H. Capistrano-Baker for the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. Two exhibition catalogues, published in 2004 and 2006, with essays by Dr. Rod Paras-Perez, Emmanuel Torres, Santiago Pilar, Dr. Edward Sullivan, Dr. Florina Capistrano-Baker, and Peter Soriano, are available at the Museum Shop. A supplementary DVD, produced in 2006, is also available.
The Ayala Museum is located at Makati Avenue cor. De La Rosa Street, Greenbelt Park, Makati City. Museum hours are 9 am – 6 pm, Tuesday to Friday; and 10 am – 7 pm, Saturday and Sunday. Admission fees for ground to third floor galleries are Php 150 for resident adults; Php 350 for non-resident adults; Php 75 for resident child, student, and seniors; Php 250 for non-resident child, student, and seniors. Teachers get complimentary admission upon presentation of their faculty IDs while admission is free for museum members. For more information, contact Ayala Museum at (02) 757-7117 to 21 local 10 and 35 or firstname.lastname@example.org.