What people can count on always seeing are the star pieces of AAG’s permanent collection, which are always featured unless they are on loan to another museum, said Ms. Buencamino. These are Granadean Arabesque
by Jose Joya (which was sent to the 1964 Venice Biennale),Carroza
by Fernando Zobel, Jeepneys
by Vicente Manansala, Judas Kiss
by Napoleon Abueva,Bagong Taon
and Carnival Forms
by Arturo Luz, Joyful Kingdom
by David Medalla, Laundry
by Romeo Tabuena, and Sarimanok
and Beef Steak
by Hernando R. Ocampo.The gallery also has “excellent examples” of works by National Artists Joya, Manansala, Ocampo, Abueva, Jerry Elizalde Navarro, and Benedicto “BenCab” Cabrera, said Ms. Buencamino. “You can see the beginnings of the styles that they became associated with,” she said.
Describing these works as “dynamic,” Ms. Buencamino gave an example by pointing to the Ocampo pieces. These works are not just “flat forms and figures,” she said, but “each color block has a lot of texture in it.”
“It’s a good place to see the beginnings of Philippine abstraction,” she added.
THE PRINT COLLECTION
The AAG’s collection of prints includes works by foreign masters such as Rembrandt, Goya, Manet, and Toulouse-Lautrec. There are also pieces by 20th-century European, American, and Filipino artists such as Kathe Kollwitz, Ben Shahn, Manuel Rodriguez, and Virgillio Aviado. The majority of the prints, especially the works by foreign artists, are part of Mr. Zobel’s donation.
Some of these prints are also in the collections of major art museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the MoMA in New York, the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the Louvre in Paris.
Ms. Buencamino pointed out that one usually sees paintings by these famous artists but not prints, so it might be interesting for visitors to see a different side of Manet or Goya. — JATC
The Ateneo Art Gallery is located at the second level of the Rizal Library Special Collections Bldg., Ateneo de Manila University, Katipunan Ave., Loyola Heights, Quezon City. It is open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 426-6001 ext. 4160, fax 426-6488, e-mail email@example.com, or visit http://www.ateneoartgallery.org.