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Keeping the Faith opens at the Lopez Museum

Shown in photo are the Zero In consortium members (from left) Lopez Museum’s curatorial consultants Claro and Eileen Legaspi-Ramirez, Maricel Montero (Museo Pambata), Meah See (Bahay Tsinoy), Lopez Museum director Mercedes Lopez-Vargas, featured artists Rica Concepcion and Kiri Dalena, Museo Pambata’s director Nina Yuson, Yolly Arambulo (Ateneo), Rinna Sevilla (Ayala), Ricky Francisco (Lopez), Joseph de Vera (Museo Pambata) and Ditas Samson (Ayala)
Artists and art enthusiasts gathered on the opening night of Lopez Memorial Museum’s Keeping the Faith: Acts of Mediation, to celebrate the Museum’s support for contemporary art.

Featured contemporary artist Kiri Dalena, filmmakers Egay Navarro and Rica Concepcion, and sculptor Agnes Arellano showed their works respectively, alongside works of 19th century masters Juan Luna and Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo, National Artists Vicente Manansala, J Elizalde Navarro, Benedicto Cabrera, and artists such as Jose Tence Ruiz and Danilo Dalena.

Dalena’s installation “Barricade, book of slogans, erased slogans, and isolation room” referenced images from the Lopez library archive of materials from the martial law period. The show also presents Navarro and Concepcion’s documentary on the late Baguio artist Roberto Villanueva as well as Arellano’s sculptural work “Angel of Death and Bronze Bullets.”

Curated by husband and wife team of Claro and Eileen Legaspi-Ramirez, the exhibit explores the notions of access across the registers of time and place. Eileen said, “As you come and see this exhibition, you would come away with a sense of how we’ve tried to negotiate the Bridges theme in terms of how, as human beings, we constantly have to deal with being made to stay put or move on literally and metaphorically….Every exhibition here at Lopez opens up to us the privilege of engaging with contemporary artists who we strongly feel can bring into the museum new ideas and voices that challenge us to re-think and re-evaluate our intentions and museological practices.”

The exhibit, which runs until April 4, 2009, is part of the annual project Zero In, undertaken by a consortium of private museums composed of Ateneo Art Gallery, Ayala Museum, Bahay Tsinoy, Lopez Memorial Museum and Museo Pambata.

The Lopez Memorial Museum is at the ground floor, Benpres Building, Exchange Road corner Meralco Avenue, Pasig City. Museum days and hours are Mondays to Saturdays, 8am-5pm, except Sundays and holidays. For info, call 631-2417 or email lmmpasig@gmail.com

About Zero In
Zero In is an annual project undertaken by a consortium of the country’s leading private museums. Now on its seventh year, it takes on the theme of Bridges–between artist and the public, between art and audience, between the past and today. The Ateneo Art Gallery, Ayala Museum, Bahay Tsinoy, Lopez Museum, and Museo Pambata present exhibitions that continue the vision and directions of past Zero In exhibitions and other programs in the museums. Bridges as theme reinforces the function of museums to educate and entertain the public as well as demonstrate how programs support each other in fulfilling the varied objectives of the five museums.

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