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Art n’ Soul

April 11, 2016
Ang Kiukok: The Golden Years (1954-2004)

With over 7,000 islands to explore, blissful beaches and verdant rice terraces, it’s easy to get distracted by nature in the Philippines. But if you want to understand Filipino culture, and especially its rich artistic heritage, Manila’s Ayala Museum (a short walk from The Pen in Makati) is a mind-expanding place to start.

For #inspo, catch the retrospective of late National Artist Ang Kiukok, in celebration of the 85th anniversary of his birth, which takes over the museum’s walls with 50 of his paintings, ceramic vessels and plates. Entitled ‘Images of Nation Ang Kiukuk: The Golden Years (1954-2004)’, and guest-curated by his son Andrew Ang, it showcases his trademark Cubist-meets-Expressionist figurative style across the ground floor galleries until 26 June. Expect many unseen works, including black-and-white and colourful pieces from the family’s private collection.

Be sure to duck upstairs for Filipino modern art pioneer Fernando Zobel’s display of prints and drawings in the third floor galleries. They trace the way his strong basic line on paper evolved towards his larger canvas works.

The permanent collection here is no slouch either, boasting archeological artifacts, pre-colonial gold and treasures, trade ceramics from Southeast Asia and China, indigenous textiles and crafts pieces. Like a good diorama? Then wrap your peepers round 60 handcrafted ones charting the nation’s history, accompanied by audio guides. Exit via the gift shop, knowing you’ve earned that beach time…

2 Mar–26 Jun, 2016.

Ayala Museum / Makati Ave cnr De La Rosa St / Greenbelt Park / Makati / 9am-6pm Tue-Sun / +63 2 759 8288 / ayalamuseum.org
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