Find out why Ateneo Art Gallery is a must visit for art lovers

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

I seem to be on a mini-UAAP campus tour. From visiting the museum in UST, attending the photo walk in UP Diliman, I'm back in the Katipunan area to check out Ateneo's Arete. 

This Green Archer is a staunch supporter of my alma mater but I'm not one of those toxic alumni to hate on anything Blue Eagle related just because it is from Ateneo, sorry - THE Ateneo. (Loool Peace!) I am a fan of museums and contemporary art which is why I was looking forward to Ateneo's Arete.

The Arete is actually a hub for creativity for the university. The Ateneo Art Gallery is just one of the facilities in the building. They also have workshops, film showings, lectures, and other amenities and events available. 

Admission to the Ateneo Art Gallery is FREE and open to everyone even if you have the Animo in you. 

I can sum up why you should visit the Ateneo Art Gallery in one sentence - the museum showcases a good mix of works from the Maestros and contemporary artists. You see masterpieces by Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo, Jose Joya, Fernando Amorsolo, Guillermo E. Tolentino, Vicente Manansala, and more. Plus more pieces from recent greats. In fact there was an exhibition of Elmer Borlongan’s work when we visited last year. 

One of the most photographed spots in the museum.

The museum has permanent collections and rotating exhibitions.

Museum etiquette, pakisunod po. Wag rin po hawakan ang mga artwork.

“Carroza” by Fernando Zobel

“Granadean Arabesque” by Jose Joya
I saw this when I entered and I knew right away, this HAS to be a Joya. I love his work and the brush strokes. 

One of the pieces I liked but forgot who the artist was. 

Works bequeathed by Ambeth R. Ocampo featuring works of Hidalgo, Luz, Amorsolo and Tolentino.

Here are some of the pieces by more contemporary artists.

“Sining Kalayaan” by Edgar Talusan Fernandez

“The Xerox of your Smile” by Sid Gomez Hildawa

“The Door” by Conrado Mercado

“Carnival Forms” by Arturo Luz

“Jeepney” by Vicente Manansala
I geek out when I see my FAAAAVORITE artists and Manansala is one of them. I can’t quite describe it in words properly but I really get kilig. He makes me twirl in happiness!

I spot another Joya here. Eeeeepppp! :)

“Church Silver” by Jose Joya

Another area that gets photographed and instagrammed a lot is “Unblocked” by Juan Alcarazen. It transforms Arete’s staircase into a conversation piece. 

The progression of words as you head up or down matter and can be interpreted in many ways. There are words that will touch you, inspire you and even bring out some “hugot” feels. 

“Groto” by Leeroy New
I’ve been a fan of his work for awhile already and follow him in Instagram. 

One of the exhibitions that was on display – “Elmer Borlongan Draws the Line”. I’ve seen Borlongan’s work in different galleries as well as during Art Fair Philippines. I appreciated his work more seeing more of it and getting a glimpse of his process. 

More pieces from “Elmer Borlongan Draws the Line”.

The top floor featured the exhibit “The 70s: Objects, Photographs, And Documents”. 

To be honest there were a lot of pieces I did not understand. Haha

I saw the work of my former professor in La Salle, Ms. Judy Freya Sibayan. 

If you have an appreciation for Filipino Modern Art, the Ateneo Art Gallery will excite you. The museum has numerous works without overwhelming your senses. It gives you a good grasp of Filipino work in the last century and the past 2 decades. A visit here is so worth it! 

Ateneo Art Gallery
Closed on Mondays and Holidays
Soledad V Pangilinan Arts Wing, Areté, Ateneo de Manila University, Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights, Quezon City
02-4266001 loc. 5392; 02- 4266488

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