Vargas x MET : Exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila

18 april to 21 July 2018

 

 

The Metropolitan Museum of Manila launches two new exhibitions in partnership with the UP Vargas Museum: Fascination with Filipiniana: The Vargas Museum Collection and In the Wake of War and the Modern: Manila

 

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Curated by renowned art scholar Dr. Patrick Flores, "Fascination with Filipiniana: The Vargas Museum Collection" and "In the Wake of War and the Modern: Manila, 1941 to 1961" feature the comprehensive collection of the Jorge B. Vargas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center of the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City.

 

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Drawing reference from the collection’s roots, "Fascination with Filipiniana: The Vargas Museum Collection” examines the artworks and archives that comprise the Vargas Museum collection, and Jorge B. Vargas’ place in the history of Philippine art and culture. Fascination, a translation of his compound fondly called Kawilihan, not only alludes to Vargas’ instinct, habit and passion for collecting, but also includes the word “nation,” a discourse relevant to him at a time when he was both a government official and a collector.
 
"In the Wake of War and the Modern: Manila, 1941 to 1961" explores how the collections of the Vargas Museum and the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas interconnect, and the historical context that surrounds their respective formations. Framed by the years when Vargas was appointed Mayor of Manila, until the time when he became Regent of the University of the Philippines, the period also marks the emergence of both the modern and the so-called “Mabini Art” from Manila before, during, and after the Pacific War.