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Exposition & Two Halves of a Whole

1 September – 23 December 2016

Collections birthed from generosity, love for art, and visions of creating completed narratives. The memory of a nation formed through myths, foreign languages, and illustrated worlds envisioned by men.

Lopez Museum and Library’s two new exhibitions, Exposition and Two Halves of a Whole, will usher in the second half of the year.


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The exhibition looks into one of the most excessively and overtly used words in the Spanish colonial context (“exposition”), and enacts its meaning to realign questions that punctuate this historical episode. Marrying the tangible with the ideological, the show will highlight three segments of the Lopez Collection that refer to varying projects undertaken by Spain on the Philippine colony– the cartography collection (maps), the numerous rare books and materials written in Spanish (language and translations of texts) and lastly taxonomic projects on flora, one of the most iconic is of Fr. Manuel Blanco’s Flora de Filipinas. 

 Doing away with the strict linear telling of history, the exhibition will concentrate on the terrains in which these particular projects are framed. Through these anchors, we hope to flesh out how historical production is reliant on how facts, myths, contingencies and limitations are fashioned, hewn and strung-together.

Exposition brings together contemporary artists Cian Dayrit, Liv Vinluan and curatorial projects by Lighting Studies: CTCCCs. The exhibition is co-presented by Instituto Cervantes with support from the Cultural Department of the Embassy of Spain in Manila.

 Both exhibitions will run from August 26 until December 23, 2016. For more information, call 631 2417 or email

The Lopez Museum and Library is located at the Ground Floor of Benpres Building, Exchange Road cor Meralco Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City.  Gallery and library hours are from 8 AM to 5PM, Mondays to Saturdays; closed on Sundays and holidays.

Explore points in our history that illustrate how historical production is reliant on how facts, myths, contingencies and limitations are fashioned, hewn and strung-together.

Presented with Insituto Cervantes and supported by the Cultural Department of the Spanish Embassy in Manila.

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Two Halves of a Whole

Two Halves of A Whole

In 1988, the Lopez Museum and Library, under the directorship of Roberto M. Lopez, publishes the book Sansó: Art Quest between Two Worlds and spearheads a multi-museum exhibit for the artist.  Sansó recalls in a personal note, how the young director was not only magnanimous but humbly assisted him throughout the exhibitions, to the point of physically setting up an exhibit when there was no one else to help.  Touched by the kindness of Mr. Lopez, he donates fifty five paintings and prints from his personal collection to the Lopez Museum and Library’s permanent collection.

In 2014, Fundacion Sansó is founded on the donation of Sansó’s personal collection, library and archives.

In celebration of Juvenal Sanso’s 70TH year as an artist, Two Halves of a Whole puts together selections from Sansó’s generous donations to the two institutions and commemorates not just the artist, but the role of patronage in Philippine arts and culture, as exemplified by Sanso and Roberto M. Lopez.  In doing so, the exhibition attempts to surface the role of private initiatives in the art and culture scene.  By delving into the case study of Sanso and Roberto Lopez, the exhibit tangentially calls to mind the lofty tradition of patronage that gave birth to the Lopez Museum and its partner institutions for this retrospective.  It recalls the generosity and nationalism of Eugenio Lopez, Sr. whose books and art collection are made public through the Lopez Museum and Library; Fernando Zobel, whose gift of his personal collection became the core collection of the Ateneo Art Gallery and whose vision sparked the creation of the Ayala Museum; Jorge Vargas, whose bequest birthed the Vargas Museum; Purita Kalaw Ledesma, whose art collection, scrapbooks on Philippine modern art, and writings, became the permanent collection of the Purita Kalaw-Ledesma Center.  By focusing on these acts, the exhibit surfaces not only the institutionalization of private collections but also the ties between Philippine art and nation building.

Two Halves of a Whole is co-presented by Fundacion Sansó. It is a part of the year-long retrospective of artist Juvenal Sansó. Other exhibitions were mounted at the Ateneo Art Gallery, Ayala Museum, Kalaw Ledesma Foundation Inc. and Vargas Museum.

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