Here's What Philippine Modern Art Looked Like After World War Ii

Here's what Philippine modern art looked like after World War II

The León Gallery opens its 'Mid-Century Moderns' exhibit, featuring 1950s modernist paintings from the Philippine Art Gallery


'SUNDAY MORNING.' This painting by Ang Kiukok is among the 24 pieces featured in León Gallery's 'Mid-Century Modern' exhibit. All photos provided by León Gallery

'SUNDAY MORNING.' This painting by Ang Kiukok is among the 24 pieces featured in León Gallery's 'Mid-Century Modern' exhibit. All photos provided by León Gallery

MANILA, Philippines – The city was in shambles after the Battle of Manila in 1945, but from the rubble rose the Neo-realists of Philippine art history.

Hernando R. Ocampo, Cesar F. Legaspi, Victor Oteyza, Vicente S. Manansala, Romeo V. Tabuena, and Ramon A. Estella began the modern art movement in the Philippines, while Lydia “Lyd” Arguilla eventually put together the Philippine Art Gallery (PAG), the first gallery in the Philippines to showcase modern art.

While the PAG closed 18 years after it opened, its work lives on in an exhibit at the León Gallery, featuring 24 paintings of 15 artists, including pieces by Ang Kiukok, Arturo Luz, Fernando Zobel, and Jose Joya.

'UNTITLED.' By Arturo Luz

'UNTITLED.' By Arturo Luz

'SAETA 44.' By Fernando Zobel

'SAETA 44.' By Fernando Zobel

'BLUE HORIZON.' By Jose Joya

'BLUE HORIZON.' By Jose Joya

"Mid-Century Moderns: Important Modernist Painting from the Philippine Art Gallery" is a snapshot of Philippine life after the last war – a look at the realities that pervaded the era: poverty, alienation, and suffering.

The exhibit will run until September 8.

On September 9, after the "Mid-Century Moderns" exhibit, the "Magnificent September Auction 2017" will be held, where pieces from the exhibit will be sold. Also up for auction are work by Anita Magsaysay-Ho, Vicente Manansala, and Jose John Santos III.

'EKSIT SA ITAAS.' By Alfredo Esquillo

'EKSIT SA ITAAS.' By Alfredo Esquillo

'GOODBYE HORSES.' By Andres Barrioquinto

'GOODBYE HORSES.' By Andres Barrioquinto

'SURFACE TENSION.' By John Santos III

'SURFACE TENSION.' By John Santos III

– Rappler.com

The León Gallery, where the exhibit and the auction will be held, is located at G/F Eurovilla 1, Rufino corner Legazpi Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City.


Published on : 26/12/2017 by Puerto Parrot

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