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From Citadel to City


Ayala Museum presents

From Citadel to City
Juan Luna paintings and 19th-century prints from the BPI Collection

Opens May 26, 2015
Third Floor Galleries

The exhibition features a selection from the collection of the Bank of the Philippine Islands on long-term loan to the Ayala Museum. The display of Juan Luna paintings and 19th-century prints chronicle the history of Manila from palisaded fort to port city and reflect on the ideas and ideals of the young nation at the end of the Spanish colonial period.

The imperial gaze of Spanish colonizers and other European travellers reveal the prospect and promise of Manila for both commercial and conversion purposes. The various engravings depict the walled city of Intramuros and its environs and provide a pictorial chronicle of Manila from palisaded fort to a bustling port city.

When displayed in juxtaposition with the later paintings of workers and urban dwellers in Madrid and Paris by Juan Luna, the concept of an urban center is tempered with a social realist sensibility and cosmopolitan perspective, culminating in a revolution of ideas and ideals that paved the way for the modern city of Manila.


Museum hours:
9 AM to 6PM
Tuesdays to Sundays
Closed on Mondays

For inquiries and reservations:
CALL: 759 82 88

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