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Open Ends


Often, when we think of art, the gauge of its importance lies in its place in linear history. This ability to “place” an artwork comes from answers to questions about the artist and the context wherein it was created— finished. But what happens when art and art-making are interrupted? Is an unfinished work still worthy of display? Why would a work with no perfunctory conclusion deserve a second look?

Exhibition Run: August 22 – December 23, 2015
Riel Hilario, Toym Imao and Ling Quisumbing Ramilo

20 August, 2015
Thursday, 6 PM

NOTE: The Lopez Museum & Library will be closed on August 21, a National Holiday.

“Open Ends”, the second exhibition offering of the Lopez Museum and Library highlights a collection of rarely seen studies, sketches, and unfinished paintings by Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo. These masterful renditions are complimented by those of Juan Luna, unfinished correspondences captured in Jose Rizal’s careful handwriting and by beautifully bound and printed novenas or prayer booklets. Select sculptural and mixed media installations by guest artists Ling Quisumbing Ramilo, Toym Imao, and Riel Hilario complete this provocation.

In “Open Ends”, the works selected point to potential stages of artistic creation: to a seeming prologue of a story, experimentations in technique and even attempts at appeasing one’s curiosity. Challenging the usual practice of exhibiting an artist’s best and finished works, the exhibition explores how value and meaning evolve by looking and experiencing art that are products of opportune moments, happy accidents and even (un)timely interruptions.

“Open Ends” is presented with support from Pacific Paint (Boysen) Philippines, Inc. The exhibition will run from August 21 to December 23, 2015. For more information, call Tina at 631 2417 or email

Lopez Museum and Library is located at the Ground Floor of Benpres Building, Exchange Road cor Meralco Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City.

Museum Entrance fee:

Php 100 for adults
Php 80 for HS and College students
Php 60 for Elementary students

Museum hours: 
Mondays to Saturdays (except holidays) from 8 AM to 5 PM

For more information, call Tina Modrigo at 631-2417 or email