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Mike Adrao’s “Colony” at Lopez Museum’s Complicated Exhibit

Contemporary artist Mike Adrao’s charcoal on paper works collectively titled “Colony” consist of intricately ornamented, larger-than-life anthropomorphic pillars and delicately drawn insects bearing patterns that were researched from the Lopez Library collection.

The commissioned works of Adrao, de Chavez and Torrado are contextualized amid various collections from the museum’s painting and archival collections. Works by Juan Luna, Fabian Dela Rosa, Juvenal Sanso, Jerry Elizalde Navarro, Bencab, Ang Kiukok, among others, are exhibited with select books from the library’s collection and rich archive of colonial photographs, maps, travel journals, sketches and cartoons, including those done by Tony Velasquez (known for his creation of the early Filipino comics series Kenkoy), Liborio Gatbonton, and Mario Dangan.

The exhibit is further supplemented by loaned artworks by Juvenal Sanso and contemporary artist Anton del Castillo.

“Complicated” is curated by Ricky Francisco and Ethel Villafranca. It will run from February 21 to August 2, 2014.

Lopez Museum and Library is at the G/F Benpres Bldg., Meralco cor. Exchange Rd., Ortigas Center, Pasig City. Museum hours are 8-5pm Mondays through Saturdays except holidays.