Experience the rich tapestry of Philippine arts and culture as the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and the National Museum of the Philippines (NM) join forces to unveil the captivating exhibit, “Selections from the 21st Century Art Museum (21AM) Collection.” Commencing on November 16, 2023, with an exhibition reception scheduled for November 21, 2023, at the National Museum of Fine Arts, this collaborative effort marks a significant milestone in the promotion and preservation of Philippine contemporary art.
Curated as part of CCP’s commitment to broaden its audience outreach during the rehabilitation of the CCP Main Building, this exhibit spans the early trajectories of Philippine contemporary art from the 1960s to the 1980s. Divided into two sections, “The Possibilities of Luminance” and “Man and Nature,” the showcase reflects the groundbreaking evolution of art forms, exploring luminance, materiality, nature, and spirited innovation.
In Gallery XXVII, “The Possibilities of Luminance” delves into the artistic expression of brightness or luminance, presenting a visual journey through lightness and darkness. The artworks, ranging from black to white, delve into meditations on form, new media, and translucency, encapsulating the essence of their time.
Meanwhile, “Man and Nature,” housed in Gallery XXVIII, contemplates the visual expressions surrounding humanity and the environment. Featuring works by National Artists for the Visual Arts, this section navigates the practices of artists like Napoleon Abueva, Federico Aguilar Alcuaz, and others, offering a unique perspective on human anxiety, materiality, and our shared relationship with objects and surroundings.
The exhibit, showcasing works by esteemed artists, including National Artists and influential figures like BenCab and Fernando Zobel, runs from November 16, 2023, to November 2024. Open to the public free of charge, the National Museum welcomes visitors from 9 am to 6 pm, Tuesday to Sunday. Located along Padre Burgos Avenue, Rizal Park, Ermita in Manila City, Philippines, the National Museum invites art enthusiasts to immerse themselves in this cultural celebration.
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