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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
Hidalgo art sketches and study for his upcoming painting…
For Ling Quisumbing Ramilo art, she sculpted a Maria figure, an art that she followed from the sketch of Hidalgo
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.
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.
Inspired from the Madonna and child painting, he made his own version, a lady and a money.
Riel Hilario shared to us his first ever sculpture, it’s a 20 year old sculpture and he painted this with his own blood.
Riel Hilario shows another wooden creature that it needs to be displayed always near the entrance.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.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 LibraryAddress: G/F Benpres Bldg. Exchange Road Corner Meralco Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig