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Images of Nation: National Artists in the BPI Art Collection

BPI Foundation brings together 14 National Artists in one art exhibit

Manila, Philippines – BPI Foundation and Ayala Museum celebrate Filipino artistry this National Arts Month with the launch of the ‘BPI: Images of Nation’ exhibit, which will showcase all-National Artist pieces from the Bank of the Philippine Islands’ (BPI) private art collection. The exhibit runs from February 12 to May 19, 2019, at the third-floor galleries of Ayala Museum.

“Since last year, BPI Foundation has been taking a more active role in supporting the flourishing local art scene,” shared Maricris San Diego, BPI Foundation Executive Director. “While this primarily entails the maintenance of BPI’s art collection, we believe our part also includes educating the public about art appreciation and inspiring creative talents through exhibits that demonstrate our cultural wealth.”

Fourteen of the 17 national artists are featured in the 45-pieced exhibit. The list includes Fernando Amorsolo, Carlos “Botong” Francisco, Napoleon Abueva, Victorio Edades, Vicente Manansala, Cesar Legaspi, Hernando Ocampo, Arturo Luz, J. Elizalde Navarro, Ang Kiukok, Jose Joya, Benedicto “BenCab” Cabrera, Abdulmari Asia Imao, and Federico Aguilar.

BPI Foundation’s third art exhibit is curated by Ayala Museum’s senior curator and conservation head, Ken Esguerra. The masterpieces are arranged to inspire thriving Filipino artists by identifying and idealizing the states and stages of Philippine nation as portrayed by the country’s National Artists.

 

“We are one with BPI Foundation in sharing the works of Filipino National Artists from their collection with the general public,” said Mariles Gustilo, Ayala Museum Director. “It gives us great pleasure to provide our guests a platform to experience the extraordinary vision and aesthetic excellence of our National Artists. Through this endeavor we aim to inspire pride in being Filipino.”

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