Art Exhibit in National Museum of the Philippines

National Museum of the Philippines
Few days after my Solo-Backpacking at the Museum of the Filipino People, it's the second part for Oktubre ang Buwan ng mga Museo. These two buildings of the National Museum of the Philippines are few steps away from each other. Also, they both have historical values in the society and played a huge part in Philippine Government.

Philippine National Museum
Read side of the National Museum of the Philippines
National Museum Registration
Since it was a free admission day, as expected, there were a lot of people falling in line for the registration. Photo above was taken at the lobby area, for the registration. While I was on the line, my eyes kept on starring at the golden ceiling. After the registration, I left my backpack at the baggage area and proceeded to the first part of the exhibit.

Spoliarium
Spoliarium by Juan Luna Y Novicio
This historic hall was the site of the 1934 Constitutional Convention chaired by Claro M. Recto, as well as of many other significant events. It houses one of the country’s most well known paintings, the Spoliarium by Juan Luna Y Novicio. It is displayed across El Asesinato del Gobernador Bustamante (The Assassination of Governor Bustamante), the largest known work by Luna’s contemporary and friend, Félix Resurrección Hidalgo. Information from the website of National Museum of the Philippines

San Nicolas de Tolentino
Christian themed art in the Philippines was prevalent in the 17th to the 19th centuries when parts of the country was under Spanish colonial rule. Many of these religious images were of carved wooden santos (saints) made by unknown artists, as well as reliefs and paintings of the Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ. This gallery also features a National Cultural Treasure, a retablo (altar piece) from the Church of San Nicolas de Tolentino in Dimiao, Bohol. Information from the website of the National Museum of the Philippines

Below: Gallery II (Art Prints from the Archives of the Royal Botanical Garden in Madrid)
Royal Botanical Garden Spain
Paintings of the Philippine plants from Spain

 Below: Gallery III (Academic and Romantic Art)

Royal Botanical Garden Spain

King Juan Carlos I of Spain

Fidel V. Ramos
In the mid-1700s, Spanish pharmacologist and botanist Juan José de Cuéllar commissioned Filipino artists to make drawings of Philippine plants that he had collected from his field work in Luzon. The drawings were kept in the archives of the Royal Botanical Garden in Madrid for over a century, and were rediscovered in 1988 by researcher Maria Belen Bañas Llanos. In 1996, the Spanish government gifted a special copy of the collection to the Philippines, presented by King Juan Carlos I of Spain to President Fidel V. Ramos. The collection now hangs in this gallery. Information from the website of the National Museum of the Philippines

Below: Gallery IV (Fundacion Santiago Hall)
Academic and Neoclassical Sculpture

Sculptures in the Philippines

Filipino National Artist

Philippine National Museum

National Museum of the Philippines

Isabelo Tampinco
The 19th century brought master Filipino sculptor Isabelo L. Tampinco (1850-1933), a contemporary of Jose Rizal who was known for developing the Estilo Tampinco style of carving and ornamentation. Information from the website of the National Museum of the Philippines

Below: Gallery V (Homage to Dr. Jose Rizal)

Paintings Jose Rizal

National Cultural Treasures

National Cultural Treasures
This gallery honors Dr. José P. Rizal (1861-1896), known widely for his patriotism and acclaimed novels Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo. Information from the website of the National Museum of the Philippines

Below: Gallery VI (Classical Art from the 20th century)

Fernando Amorsolo
Philippine artists in the early 20th century, the late contemporaries and artistic successors of Juan Luna and Félix Resurrección Hidalgo painted in the classical style taught by academics, specifically the Amorsolo School of the School of Fine Arts in the University of the Philippines. Information from the website of the National Museum of the Philippines

Below: Old Senate Session Hall

Senate Session Hall
Old Senate Session Hall
This Hall was originally designed to be a library in the early 1920s during the American colonial period, when the architect Juan Arellano revised the plans of Ralph Harrington Doane in order to convert the building to the seat of the legislature. The Senate was then led by Manuel L. Quezon, the leader of the movement for Philippine independence from the United States. Information from the website of the National Museum of the Philippines

Below: Gallery XXIII (GSIS Northwest Hall)
(Pillars of the Philippine Modernism)

Vicente Manansala
Bust of Vicente Manansala
This gallery is dedicated to the works of modern painter Vicente S. Manansala (1910-1981), National Artist for Painting (1981). It contains highlights from the collections of the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) and the National Museum, and also showcases the artist’s memorabilia from the Manansala Family Collection. Information from the website of the National Museum of the Philippines

Below: Gallery XV

Dimasalang Paintings
Dimasalang paintings hanging on the wall.
Dimasalang (1968-1978): Artists’ Collections showcases the work of a group of artists-friends who painted and spoke of art together in Dimasalang Street, Manila. Members included Emilio (Abe) Aguilar Cruz, Sofronio (SYM) Y. Mendoza, Romulo Galicano, Ibarra dela Rosa and Andres Cristobal Cruz. Exhibition runs from November 7, 2014 to July 27, 2015. Information from the website of the National Museum of the Philippines

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