As evidenced by my recent post, Art Books for Children, an appreciation for the visual arts is something that I have tried to cultivate in my girls since they were toddlers. It is something that I enjoy and would love to be able to share this interest with them through the years.
During the month of February I received invitation after invitation to various art exhibits around the metropolis. It is very encouraging that the apparent pervasive interest in the local contemporary art scene continues to captivate and engage. Over the weekend, I had the chance to take the children for a thoroughly enjoyable stroll through Art in the Park at Salcedo Village. Distinct and impressive works of art to be had below Php 20,000 ( approximately USD$450), what a concept?!
But what I am most excited about right now is the much anticipated occasion when premier art collector Paulino Que once again opens to the public selections from of his vast art collection through a retrospective, Meaning to be Modern Philippine Paintings 1907-1959 . As a follow up to his much lauded, exhibit in 2009 , Figuring The Times PhilippinePaintings 1996-2009 , Mr. Que, through his discriminating eye and exceptionally intense awareness guides us through his own visual narrative of Philippine modern art through a selection of his collected works with a kaleidoscopic range of artists .
The opening of this exhibit (by invitation only) is on Friday, 5 March at Finale Art File and will be open for three weeks after that to the general public. Despite his splendid modesty, Mr. Que, who is private by inclination, eagerly shares the intellectual and emotional pleasure that propels him to collect, and we are very fortunate for that!
If you are a resident of Metro Manila or plan on visiting sometime soon, I urge you not to miss this unique opportunity!
And just another quick recommendation , for those of you who still cannot get enough of art related activities , try to find a way to watch this controversial documentary , The Art of the Steal.