“Thrice Upon a Time: A Century of Story in the Art of the Philippines” at the Singapore Art Museum. The show will run until Jan. 31, 2010.
Taken from TIME Magazine’s Online article by Neel Chowdhury: From Spanish to Surreal.
“Thrice Upon a Time” follows a simple historical chronology. The story begins in the late 19th century, when the scattered archipelago was a Spanish colony, its people stifled by ruling élites but also desperate to earn their approval. The assiduousness with which they sought it can be seen in two iconic works by Filipino artists Juan Luna and Félix Resurrección Hidalgo, who together swept the top prizes at a prestigious Madrid art exposition in 1884. Neither painting bears any trace of indigenous technique; instead they demonstrate the skill with which the Filipinos absorbed the traditions of post-Renaissance Europe and, albeit timidly, began to subvert them.