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Culture Hit List: Exposition Exhibit

This Spanish-themed exhibit is a haven for history geeks.
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THE LOPEZ MUSEUM AND LIBRARY'S "EXPOSITION" EXHIBIT

WHEN TO GO: Ongoing until December 23, Exchange Road corner Meralco Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City; 631.2417, 631.2425; [email protected]

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW: The Lopez Museum and Library revisits a familiar historical theme in its current offering, “Exposition,” on view until late December. For history buffs, the title should conjure up images of the 1887 Philippine Exposition in Spain, which, according to the Spanish historian Luis Ángel Sánchez Gómez, had the intention of “increasing commercial and economic relations between the archipelago and the metropolis, but also with the objective of showing its indigenous population to the Spaniards.” Taking place at a time when tensions between Spain and its Asian colony were increasing, the Exposition did not fully produce the desired effect. Through this exhibit, the factors contributing to this are explored and put into context.

WHAT TO CHECK OUT: Co-presented by Instituto Cervantes with the support of the Cultural Department of the Embassy of Spain in Manila, three segments from the Lopez collection will be put on display: its collection of Spanish-produced Philippine maps, rare books from the colonial period, and taxonomy projects on local flora, including the seminal Flora de Filipinas, by Fr. Manuel Blanco. Hewing to the museum’s standard practice, it has invited contemporary artists Cian Dayrit and Liv Romualdez Vinluan as well as Renan Laru-an’s curatorial project, Lightning Studies: Centre for the Translation of Constraints, Conflicts and Contaminations, to display new works alongside the historical pieces.


Felix Ressureccion Hidalgo's Boceto Artista y Modelo


Juan Luna's Spanish Girl


The cover of Blanco's Flora de Filipinas
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