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Botong Francisco: A Nation Imagined

January 12 – February 22, 2016
Adamson University Art Gallery
San Marcelino, Manila
NEXT DESTINATION: To be announced


The show features 25 reproductions of Botong’s paintings from institutional and private collections. Accompanying these images is a film produced by Ayala Foundation Inc. (AFI), and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Peque Gallaga on Botong’s vision and artistry.

This outreach initiative of AFI’s Arts and Culture Division is a traveling version of the museum exhibition held last December 2012 to March 2013 in celebration of Botong Francisco’s centennial birth anniversary at Ayala Museum in Makati City. The exhibition showcased over 40 actual paintings by Botong supplemented by a short film that captured his large-scale works and murals commissioned for public buildings. The film had also been selected for inclusion in the documentary category at the 2013 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.  An exhibition catalogue with the same title was also published for this exhibition. Together with the film documentary presentation in each site, the exhibition catalogue also forms part of the educational component for each site. Copies are donated to partner venues for their reference centers and library.

By partnering with malls and centers of education such as universities, museums, and tourism councils, Ayala Museum believes that the life and legacy of the artist will be widely promoted, particularly to students and general audiences outside Metro Manila, where its main building and exhibition spaces are based.

“Botong Francisco: A Nation Imagined” exhibition catalogue and film by Peque Gallaga are now available for sale at the following Fully Booked branches: The Fort (BGC), Alabang Town Center, Rockwell, Greenhills-Promenade and Cebu.

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Image details: Carlos Botong Francisco. BAYANIHAN (DETAIL). 1962. Watercolor. 41.91 x 47 cm. Paulino and Hetty Que Collection.

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