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Sunday, September 06, 2015

Lopez Museum and Library new exhibit–OPEN ENDS for August-December 2015

Lopez Museum -- OPEN ENDS exhibit launch

Lopez Museum and Library will no longer move to another location, the entire museum will just stay in Benpres Bldg while waiting for the completion of their new museum site in Rockwell, but that will take years to be completed, but that’s okay, as of now, Im happy to hear the good news that Lopez Museum and Library will still hold new series of exhibits and featuring new and modern artist til the next years.

Last August 22, they opened the “Open Ends” exhibit, it’s a new exhibit that lets you to realize the artworks meant to be unfinished can be displayed as artworks Or it can also be continued by another artist in a form of a new continued artwork. It’s an exhibit that questioned you, and its up to you if you agree with this concept

About the exhibit -- In Open Ends, the works point to potential stages of artistic creation: to a seeming prologue of a story, experimentation in technique and even attempts at appeasing one’s curiosity. Challenging the usual practice of exhibiting an artist's best and finished works, the exhibition explores how value and meaning evolve by looking and experiencing art that are products of opportune moments, happy accidents and even (un)timely interruptions.

Lopez Museum -- OPEN ENDS exhibit launch

Open Ends exhibit features the sculptural and mixed media installations by guest artists Ling Quisumbing Ramilo, Toym Imao, and Riel Hilario

The three guest artist will show you their take in relation to the artworks featured by Lopez Museum -- collection of rarely seen studies, sketches, and unfinished paintings by Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo. These masterful renditions are complemented by those of Juan Luna, unfinished correspondences captured in Jose Rizal’s careful handwriting and by beautifully bound and printed novenas or prayer booklets.


Here’s a preview of artworks from the Open Ends exhibit:

Lopez Museum -- OPEN ENDS exhibit launch

Art by Ling Quisumbing Ramilo, she featured a miniatured old post from the walkway of UP Library. She said that help in preserving this post and now its being used at the Faculty Center bldg in UP Diliman.

Lopez Museum -- OPEN ENDS exhibit launch

Inspired from the art studies of Hidalgo, the artwork of Ling Quisumbing Ramilo will excite you because it will not only let you to think but also to challenge you explore her art. Take for example this wooden frame structure, the art piece can rotate and move and form another view of the artwork.

Lopez Museum -- OPEN ENDS exhibit launch

Ling Quisumbing Ramilo shows how an artist keeps a tons of photo frames and tons of short pencils used by other people. Each frame are from different artist and the pencil are from different people, each piece tells a story.

Lopez Museum -- OPEN ENDS exhibit launch

Hidalgo art sketches and study for his upcoming painting…

Lopez Museum -- OPEN ENDS exhibit launch

For Ling Quisumbing Ramilo art, she sculpted a Maria figure, an art that she followed from the sketch of Hidalgo


Lopez Museum -- OPEN ENDS exhibit launch

Riel Hilario’s wood art art mind boggling, its weird but very entertaining. I learned from him that those small cabinets from Vigan are used as prototypes of an upcoming cabinet or rocking chair piece. In the old times, people use miniature prototype to present the idea of the design. Im very happy that this piece is considered as an artwork. I own a small rocking chair that I purchased in Vigan, Ilocus Sur for a PHP100. And I didn’t know that it’s a prototype figure of a real wooden rocking chair.

Lopez Museum -- OPEN ENDS exhibit launch

Riel Hilario’s dreams are translated into a wooden sculpture art. He also mentioned that it’s a bit creepy but this give him a dramatic art style in creating disturbing creatures.

Lopez Museum -- OPEN ENDS exhibit launch

Inspired from the Madonna and child painting, he made his own version, a lady and a money.

Lopez Museum -- OPEN ENDS exhibit launch

Riel Hilario shared to us his first ever sculpture, it’s a 20 year old sculpture and he painted this with his own blood.

Lopez Museum -- OPEN ENDS exhibit launch

Riel Hilario shows another wooden creature that it needs to be displayed always near the entrance.

Lopez Museum -- OPEN ENDS exhibit launch

Biggest highlight of the exhibit is the awesome sculpture of Toym Imao. I have heard of his artworks before but I can say that his sculpture here in Lopez Museum’s Open Ends is far more awesome and the best ever because it tells a lot of story and its his interpretation of history

Lopez Museum -- OPEN ENDS exhibit launch

Toym Imao made me read more about Jose Abad Santos, all I know that he is just a name of a street in Manila, but I didn’t know that he became a substitute for our President Manuel Quezon when he was exiled to the US.

It’s a very important part of history that is forgotten by many.

Jose Abad Santos was executed to death by the Japanese Imperial army when we lost in the war during World War 2.


Lopez Museum -- OPEN ENDS exhibit launch

Another sculpture art by Toym Imao, he showed to us this art of three women crying. The backside of the story here is that they are witnessing the Bataan Death March, also under their dress is a soldier that is resting and almost dying, they hide the soldier their to escape the death march.

Lopez Museum -- OPEN ENDS exhibit launch

I really hope that this piece is turned to a real monument. It’s a good concept and it displays the history of early Presidents of our country. But it ended only to highlight Acting Philippine President Jose Abad Santos.

Lopez Museum -- OPEN ENDS exhibit launch

Toym Imao’s art that made me wow….is a diorama of Filipino farmers helping the American jeep to cross the muddy road. He showed this art diorama on how the Filipino locals and civilian played a big role in helping the American army here in the Philippines.


Open Ends is presented with support from Pacific Paint (Boysen) Philippines, Inc. The exhibition will run from August 22 to December 23, 2015. For more information, call Tina at 631 2417 or email lmmpasig@gmail.com.

Lopez Museum and Library is located at the Ground Floor of Benpres Building, Exchange Road cor Meralco Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City

Lopez Museum and Library
Address: G/F Benpres Bldg. Exchange Road Corner Meralco Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig
Website: http://lopez-museum.com/

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Azrael Coladilla is the blogger and founder of Azrael's Merryland Blog. This blog started as a personal blog in 2003, and then converted the blog into a lifeblog about his interest and reporting about pop culture, lifestyle, entertainment, technology, food, travel, toys, outdoor adventure, internet and social media. Awarded as the 2009 Most Influential Blogger for Luzon, Philippines, awarded by the Philippine Blog Awards. He is the founder of several online communities - Manila Bloggers Network, PBNetwork PH, Oh My Food! community, Cavite Bloggers, Travel and Blog Community, and Philippine ToyCon. He loves to travel, explore, discover, eat new food, document and record his life, meet new people, do photography and collects Transformers toys.
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