“It isn’t silent anymore.” These were the exact words that Leslie de Chavez told us when we asked him if his works depicts silent protest against the Americans whom he portrayed as the modern influencer of Colonial Imperialism – a theme of artworks that he features for “Complicated” exhibition at the Lopez Museum & Library, Ortigas Center in Pasig City.
A prize winner of the Ateneo Art Awards in 2010 and has been awarded residencies by International Art Programme in Leipzig, Germany; Neo-Emerging Artists Residency in Seoul, Korea; and Asian Artists Fellowship Program in Korea, Leslie earned his Bachelor‘s degree in Fine Arts (major in painting), cum laude, at the University of the Philippines.
Leslie’s interests are social realist and post-colonial themed of art that can be seen clearly through his commissioned works like The King, I Just Can’t Stop Loving You (a Michael Jackson cultural imperialism inspired work of art), and a lot more which guests of the museum will find to be very interesting.
Lopez Museum & Library was built when founder Eugenio Lopez Sr., who was a collector of artworks of Filipino artists and memorabilia of Jose Rizal, reached the point of realizing that he already collected a lot of objects and he wanted to share to the Filipino so that they, like him, will be inspired to be great Filipinos. Lopez Museum first opened on February 13, 1960.
Aside from Leslie, “Complicated” also features Mike Adrao and Ea Torrado, who are all juxtaposed with works of Juan Luna, Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo, Juvenal Sanso, BenCab, Ang Kiukok, Jerry Elizalde Navarro and other artworks from the Lopez Museum collection curated by Ricky Francisco and Ethel Villafrancia.
Also featured are select books from the library’s collection and rich archive of colonial photographs, maps, travel journals, sketches, and cartoons – including those done by Tony Velasquez (known for his creation of the early Filipino comic series Kenkoy), Liborio Gatbonton, and Mario Dangan. The exhibit is further supplemented by loaned artworks by Juvenal Sanso and contemporary artist Anton del Castillo.
The museum is open from Monday to Saturday opening at 8:00 AM and closes at 5:00 PM. Admission Fees are Php 100 (Adult); Php 60 (Student/Elementary) and Php 80 (HS and College); Php 80 (Teacher); and Php 80 (Senior Citizens).
“Complicated” runs from February 21 up to August 2, 2014. Mike, Ea and Leslie will also hold separate Artist Talk presentation on March 1, May 17, and July 5 at 2-4 PM.
For those who are interested to see the exhibit, email [email protected] or visit www.lopez-museum.com for the available schedules. You may also contact (02) 635-9545 for inquiries. Lopez Museum & Library is located at G/F Benpres Building, Exchange Road corner Meralco Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City.
If you want to get in the museum for free, remember this date, May 18 – International Museum Day. Also, take note of the following dates when the museum and library will be closed. These are April 9 (Araw ng Kagitingan), April 17 (Maundy Thursday), April 18 (Good Friday), April 19 (Black Saturday), May 1 (Labor Day), June 12 (Independence Day), and June 16-18 (Museum Staff Educational Field Trip).
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