Ateneo Art Gallery
While Hong Kong and Beijing battle it out for the title of Queen of Asia’s art scene, savvy art-ficionados know that across the South China Sea, Manila has been quietly cultivating her own flourishing art community for quite some time. And whether you’re a mod maestro, or a novice who can’t tell a Manansala from a Medalla, there’s no better place to get an education on the broad brushstrokes of contemporary Philippine art than at the Ateneo Art Gallery. Dubbed the country’s first modern art museum, the Ateneo has been at the fore of Manila’s creative scene since it opened in 1960, and still provides the best overview of local works ranging from post-war modernism to contemporary photography and sculpture.
Initially started with a donation of more than 200 pieces by eminent Filipino painter and art scholar Fernando Zóbel, the gallery has since grown to encompass paintings and drawings by mid-C.20th greats like Ocampo, Luz and Magsaysay-Ho, a comprehensive collection of influential works from the 1970s social realism period, and a permanent cache of contemporary pieces by Edgar Talusan Fernández and Antipas Delotavo, among many others. Adding a sizable splash of international appeal are drawings by Rembrandt, Picasso and Toulouse-Lautrec, plus there are regular temporary exhibitions showcasing exciting emerging Asian artists. All that and entry is free... What are you waiting for? School’s in session!
2/F / Rizal Library Special Collections Building / Ateneo de Manila University / Katipunan Ave / Loyola Heights / +63 2 426 6001 / 8am-7.30pm Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm Sat, closed Sun / free entry / ateneoartgallery.org