The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) is known for its comprehensive collection of paintings from the provinces. These artworks intimate the peculiarities in various part of the country, and the tendencies that prevail in the places where the artists hail and practice.
Out of thousands of Philippine islands, its provincial cities and towns are bestowed with virtuous artists who deserved to be glorified and not to be forgotten. In the effort to give recognition to these artists, the Metropolitan Museum of Manila launches an exhibition titled Distinct Refinements: Painting from the Provinces featuring selected artworks from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas collection, complemented with paintings from the MET Collection, the Jorge B. Vargas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center - University of the Philippines Collection and private collectors.
Drawn from the scholarly research of its curator, Professor Santiago Albano Pilar, the exhibition highlights the idiosyncratic character of each work that reflects so much of the place where it originated. Every image narrates a story of its provenance; of history and culture. Perceived through the paintings hanged against the wall are typical rural milieu; the vista of greeneries from nipa huts on the hillside, women on their baro at sayawalking down the street and some images of people doing chores or chatting in the neighborhood. Portraits of nobilities and few religious paintings are also on display that connotes the social stature of the owners on their respective towns.
Despite the lack of formal academic training, the featured artists thrived in the field and gained accomplishments through their works. The roster of painters in the exhibit includes Pedro Ardeña from Capizwho exhibited in the St. Louis Universal Exposition in 1904, Pedro Salazar of Batangas, Tomas Diores of Cebu, and Pedro Respall of Iloilo, among others.
In conjunction with the exhibit, the MET re-launches its CineMET Program with a showcase of award-winning short films featured in Cinema Rehiyon, a project organized by the Cinema Committee of the National Commission for Culture and Arts. The CineMET x Cinema RehiyonProgram coincides with the centenary of Philippine cinema celebrated this year.
Distinct Refinements: Painting from the Provincesis on view at the MET Tall Galleries from June 22 to October 28, 2017.
ABOUT THE MET
The MET is one of the major museums in the Philippines. It was originally built as a venue for international art exhibitions in 1976, aimed at expanding the exposure of Filipinos to the visual arts of foreign cultures while enhancing cultural diplomacy.
In 1986, it redefined its vision towards cultivating local pride in the Filipinos’ own cultural and artistic heritage primarily represented by the BSP’s valuable collections of prehistoric Gold and Pottery, colonial Hispanic art, and the growing modern and contemporary collections of the BSP and the MET.
The museum was among the first to develop and extend its audience reach by embracing the philosophy of ART FOR ALL by adopting a bilingual approach to exhibition texts and implementing a vigorous education and community outreach program.
Since 2012, the MET in partnership with the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) has re-focused and moved forward with a more cohesive and strengthened direction in positioning the museum as the home of contemporary art by Filipino and international artists. It seeks to amplify the Filipinos’ sense of artistic and cultural heritage from the past, to the present and beyond, in contemporary global contexts and experiences.
Its diverse range of contemporary art exhibitions and programs reflect the thriving borderless multi-dimensional environments of scholarship, artistic expression and the world we live in. The museum has reached out to different audiences creating off-site programs with different partner organizations.
The Metropolitan Museum of Manila is located at the BangkoSentralngPilipinas Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Manila. Museum hours are from 10 A.M. to 5:30 P.M., Mondays to Saturdays. For inquiries, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 708-7829.
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