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February Events at the Yuchengco Museum

We Was There

4/F Upper Wing Gallery

January 13 - March 5, 2011 

We Was There is a continuation of Reflections, a residency and exhibit between young Korean and Filipino artists last May 2010. The intiative brought together four artists from South Korea and four from the Philippines, whoafter spending time exploring both countries—reinterpreted their views based on the similarities and differences of their cultures through contemporary art.  

We Was There showcases individual and collaborative works by Filipino artists Michael Arvin Adrao, Carlo Gabuco, Leslie de Chavez, and Christopher Zamora, and by Korean artists Che Jinsuk, Kwon Jayeon, Lee Soyoung, and Koh Byungsung. On display are paintings, installations, and photographs previously exhibited in Relfections, as well as created thereafter. 

Under a Different Light 


3/F Bridgeway Gallery

 February 19 - April 20, 2011

2 - 3:30 p.m. 

Under a Different Light showcases more than 20 ultraviolet (UV) paintings of women by Edd Aragon, a Filipino cartoonist and artist now based in Sydney, Australia. 

For the past three decades, Aragon has been creating editorial cartoons, comics, and caricatures for Australian and Filipino-Australian newspapers such as The Australian, The Sydney Morning Herald, Philippine Bulletin Today, and Philippine Daily Express. Since 2004, Aragon has been experimenting with UV light-reactive paint  on canvas
 paintings that can be seen only under UV light.

Artist’s Talk: Edd Aragon 

February 21, Monday

 2 - 4 p.m. 

Free with museum admission 

Sydney-based cartoonist and artist Edd Aragon talks about his art and his recent experimentations with UV light-reactive pigments, as shown in the exhibit Under a Different Light.

Lecture is free with museum admission. Slots are limited.
For details and registration, call Elma Abrina at 889-1234 or e-mail info@yuchengcomuseum.org.


Ode to Beauty: Paintings by Chi K’ang 


3/F Bridgeway Gallery 

Ode to Beauty presents the works of Chi K’ang, a prolific Chinese brush painter who was recognized for his exquisite expressions of nature and the female form.

Chi K’ang was born to a family of renowned painters and calligraphers. He was known for his freehand paintings of beautiful court maidens, as well as of horses and orchids. Chi K’ang painted without human models, yet crafted hundreds of different poses and styles featuring modes of dress throughout the Chinese dynasties.

Source: Yuchengcomuseum.org 

Last week I promised to post some Dinagyang 2011 photos, well, I wasn’t able to get my hands on some recent photos. So, without further ado, here is a picture of Dinagyang 2009. Minor fail on my part here.

Last week I promised to post some Dinagyang 2011 photos, well, I wasn’t able to get my hands on some recent photos. So, without further ado, here is a picture of Dinagyang 2009. Minor fail on my part here.

Spoliarium by National Artist Juan Luna

The Spoliarium (often misspelled as Spolarium) is a life-sized painting created by Pinoy artist, Juan Luna around 1884.  

It (the painting) depicts defeated gladiators in the arena being dragged into a pile of other corpses. On the left side, there are spectators viewing the spectacle with a variety of expressions, while on the far right side of the painting is a grieving woman in torn and shabby clothing. Horizontal lines are seen in the walls and the people watching the scene. But diagonal lines that denote movement are very obvious and can be seen in the gladiators’ slain bodies, in the men dragging them and in the floor tiles.

Rizal interpreted the Spoliarium as a symbol of ‘our social, moral, and political life: humanity unredeemed, reason and aspiration in open fight with prejudice, fanaticism, and injustice.

The painting can now be found at the ground floor of the National Museum of the Philippines.




Great photos of the PIAF Seven Arts: Architecture, Cinema, Dance, Literature, Music, Theater, and Visual Arts. This is a great showcase of world class Pinoy talent.