We had a lovely visit by delegates of ‘Transpacific Engagements: Visual Culture of Global Exchange (1781-1869) International Conference’ on Friday, 28 February. The visitors were led by Thomas Gaehtgens, Director of Getty Research Institute, Gerhard Wolf, Director of the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, Italy, and Ditas Samson of the Ayala Museum.
Welcomed by our Museum Director Cedie Vargas, and co-curators Ethel Villafranca and Ricky Francisco, our guests experienced what our current exhibition ‘Complicated’ was all about, whose theme of ‘seeing the parallels of all undefined and problematic relationships typical of the post-modern world, and the complex relationship of the Philippines with its colonial pasts’ complements the theme of the aforementioned international conference.
Complicated, in partnership with Tin-aw Art Gallery, runs from 21 February to 2 August 2014. The exhibit features commissioned works by guest artists Mike Adrao, Leslie de Chavez, and Ea Torrado, juxtaposed with works by Juan Luna, Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo, Juvenal Sanso, Bencab, Ang Kiukok, Jerry Elizalde Navarro and other artworks from the Lopez Museum collection.
Transpacific Engagements: Visual Culture of Global Exchange (1781-1869) International Conference is co-organized by the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, California; the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence, Italy; and the Ayala Museum in Makati City, Philippines.
This three-day conference addresses cultural and artistic exchange in the Pacific region from the late eighteenth to the early-to-mid-nineteenth centuries, examining the ways in which engagements between Asia, the Americas, and Europe transformed art styles and meanings through commerce, colonization, and conversion. Distinguished international scholars converge in Manila to address transpacific encounters and interregional exchanges in this landmark symposium.