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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Must see artworks at Lopez Museum’s “Articles of Disagreements” (opens Sept 19-Dec 20, 2014)


I admit that the new exhibit of Lopez Museum and Library is hard to digest, it took me many time to understand it but I failed to absorb everything, I even consulted with a fellow museum visitor and she told me its meaning, but then I failed to absorb it too hahaha. But its about our art languages and how we inject these in our daily lives. The new exhibit titled “Articles of Disagreements” will run from Sept 19-Dec 20, 2014

Articles of Disagreements features the art works of guest contemporary artists -- Tito and Tita (Film Collective), Nilo Ilarde, Buen Calubayan, and Maria Cruz

About the new exhibit:
Articles of Disagreement is a generative exhibition on art languages that will unearth different forms of art writing/ anecdotes of criticism in Philippine art history, our own historiography, the local art education infrastructure, and how we position ourselves in western critical languages. Though Articles of Disagreements was born out of a specific pool of articles and association towards critical inquiry in the local context, reflexive practices of contemporary artists are also put into focus, as diverse occupations in the Arts and other strategies an archive could take are explored to unburden itself from established institutional forms.

From what I understand..
Everyone can make art…everyone can be a critic and everyone can say…yes and no, and this exhibit can shows that everyone can be one, and its up to the viewer to judge if its an art or not.

Ganun lang..agree or disagree.

The new exhibit features the works of Fernando Zobel, Alfonso Ossorio, Nena Saguil from the museum’s collection will be augmented by are works by Mars Galang, Raymundo Albano, Bobi Valenzuela, Jose Tence Ruiz, Judy Sibayan, along with writings of Marian Pastor-Roces, Patrick Flores, Rodolfo Paras-Perez, Emmanuel Torres, Joy Dayrit, Leo Benesa, Galo Ocampo, Guillermo Tolentino, Napoleon Abueva, Victor Edades, Purita Kalaw- Ledesma and more.

One of the unique style of this exhibit is that they also have featured guest curators, young and talented curators were invited to be the main curator of this new exhibit. Lian Ladia and Sidd Perez, a member of Planting Rice group, a community of art lovers and artist, were invited to be the guest curator for the entire duration of the exhibit.

Here’s the entrance fee rate at Lopez Museum
Adult – PHP 100
Student with ID – PHP 60 for elem, PHP 80 for College and HS
Teacher – PHP 80
Senior Citizen – PHP 80

The Lopez Memorial Museum is at the ground floor, Benpres Building, Exchange Road corner Meralco Avenue, Pasig City. Museum days and hours are Mondays to Saturdays, except holidays, 8am-5pm. For inquiries, call Tina Modrigo at 6312417 or send an email to

Here are the must see artworks here in Lopez Museum’s Articles of Disagreements

1. Reading Room and Laboratory
They transformed a room as a café, people can visit this to drink coffee, do discussions, read books, everything are made form the museum’s materials. The books are from the Lopez library, the table design are from digitized comic strips of Lopez Museum’s collection and coffee provided by Gourmet Farm.





Planting Rice’s Sidd Perez, guest curator of Lopez Museum

2. Tunnel of artworks
The alley or lobby through the art galleries were also utilized to host a lot of artworks, here we see the artworks done by artist Ray Albano, featuring a photo art about “Black”




4. Pabitin
A 1996 video documentary from the art performance of Jose Tence Ruiz. We saw here that Jose created a Pabitin game and involved everyone to be the performing arwork. People joined the pabitin game, so anyone who participated and grabbed their prize from the pabitin, will win the exact artwork written on the pabitin item. If you grabbed an item and it says “statue” then you won an artwork statue by Jose.




7. Names
An artwork by Maria Cruz, a pinay artist based in Germany. She is here to show us her life project, she invites people to donate to complete her artwork, and then names of people who donated (in any amount in kind) their names are included in her artwork. Also her art project is also to help the less fortunate people, because from what I heard, she donates a part of the donated proceed.

Her life project is not yet done, because she needs to complete 1 million tanzans or crown bottle for her artwork and she revealed to use that she now have 500,000 pieces of tanzans.



9. Tito and Tita dark room art
It’s the most eerie venue here in Lopez, everything is dark and you can only see the red orb floating. the art group Tito and Tita demonstrate on how they transformed a piece of art into a new art form.

take note..flash is not allowed inside this venue haha


10. Employee 55
An art installation by Buen Calubayan, he documents his life during the time he works for National Museum up to his present life and now working for Lopez Museum, all documentations were presented in an office life art work, Buen transformed the entire room like his own office and a plot of timeline during his life as a museum employee.





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