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Beyond Tobacco: Tabacalera, A bridge between the Philippines and Spain

Posted by ayalamuseum on April 3, 2014

Perhaps the most important company in the Philippines at the end of the nineteenth century and until mid-twentieth century  and certainly the main tobacco company in the country, the Compañía General de Tabacos de Filipinas, more popularly known as Tabacalera, is still a stranger to many of us. However, having existed for more than a […]

Biyaya ng Lupa: Amorsolo’s Landscapes of Abundance

Posted by ayalamuseum on April 3, 2014

Fernando Amorsolo reached his creative peak as a painter during the American colonial period. This was a time of prosperity and abundance in the Philippine countryside, resulting from the country’s blooming export trade to the American market. By 1935, America was importing 83 percent of agricultural exports from the Philippines. Rice (palay) was the country’s […]

Ai Weiwei: Baby Formula

Posted by ayalamuseum on February 7, 2014

Ayala Museum, in partnership with Galerie Michael Janssen in Singapore, presents the installation ‘Baby Formula’ by the controversial Chinese artist Ai Weiwei on its Third Floor Multi-purpose Hall from February 19 to March 16, 2014. Known for his politically charged art installations and vocal criticisms against the Chinese government, Ai Weiwei produced Baby Formula as […]

In City and Country: Elmer Borlongan 1992-2012

Posted by ayalamuseum on February 4, 2014

The paintings of Elmer Borlongan representing two decades of his art will be exhibited in the upcoming Ayala Museum show, In City and Country: Elmer Borlongan, 1992-2012 from February 18 to April 6, 2014. Presented in partnership with HSBC Premier, In City and Country reviews Borlongan’s body of work, mainly visual expressions of marginalized people […]

Constancio Bernardo 1913-2013

Posted by ayalamuseum on February 4, 2014

November 28, 2013 – March 2, 2014 A retrospective exhibition of the work of Constancio Bernardo (1913-2003) marks the artist’s centennial at Ayala Museum, celebrating the artist’s life and work as well as revisiting a critical gap in the history of Philippine abstraction, heretofore unaddressed with either depth or breadth. Comprising a total of around […]

Fernando Zobel

Posted by ayalamuseum on February 4, 2014

CURRENTLY ON DISPLAY: FERNANDO ZOBEL IN THE 1960s. In his mid-thirties, Fernando Zobel decided to retire from the family business to live in Spain and pursue the life of a fulltime artist. His work had evolved into pure non-objectivism with the introduction of the Saeta series. This shift in Zobel’s artistic style, which transpired in […]

Gold of Ancestors

Posted by ayalamuseum on February 4, 2014

The exhibition of more than one thousand gold objects celebrates the sophisticated cultures that existed in the Philippines before colonization in the 16th century. Many of the precious objects were recovered in association with tenth to thirteenth century Chinese export ceramics. Similarities in form and iconography with artifacts of other Southeast Asian cultures affirm regional […]

A Millennium of Contact

Posted by ayalamuseum on February 4, 2014

Chinese and Southeast Asian ceramics found in the Philippines tell the story of how the country forged social and commercial ties with China and its neighbors. This display of more than 500 ceramics provides one of the most comprehensive surveys of Chinese and Southeast Asian trade wares found in the Philippines, spanning a thousand years. […]

Embroidered Multiples

Posted by ayalamuseum on February 4, 2014

The exhibition features selections from the Leiden National Museum of Ethnology’s collection of Philippine garments acquired from the French diplomat Brejard, who served in Manila from 1881 to 1886. The collection includes rare, embroidered silk trousers or sayasaya worn by Philippine elite men, formerly known only through nineteenth-century watercolor images. Multiple examples of delicately embroidered […]

Maritime Vessels

Posted by ayalamuseum on February 4, 2014

The Ayala Museum’s collection of finely crafted ship models is a tribute to the boats of yore that were used for everything from warfare to transport and dwelling. This selection includes the local skiffs as well as foreign ships that dropped anchor at Philippine shores. These boats were handcrafted out of baticulin, laniti, and apitong […]