The National Art Gallery, National Museum of the Philippines

Exhibits


As you enter the National Art Gallery, two imposing sculptures by National Artist Guillermo Tolentino greet you. They are heroic monuments, cast in metal, to Manuel Quezon, former Senate President, and Sergio Osmena, former Speaker of the House. At the lobby of the building are two wooden reliefs by National Artist Napoleon Abueva, assisted by Renato Rocha and Jose Mendoza. They portray Rajah Sulayman, His Court, and the Palisades (1967) and Legazpi and the Founding of Manila (1967). At the pediments of the back and front facades of the building and at the former Session Hall of the Philippine Senate are sculptures by Otto Fisher Credo, Walter Strauss, Vidal Tampinco, and Ramon Martinez.


The Old House of Representatives Session Hall (also known as "The Hall of the Masters")



This room is dedicated to the 19th-century Filipino painters Juan Luna and Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo who achieved prominence at the 1884 Madrid Exposition. Luna's Spoliarium received one of the three gold medals and Hidalgo's Virgenes Cristianas Expuestas al Populacho (Christian Virgins Presented to the Populace) received one of the fourteen silver medals.


Gallery I (Luis I. Ablaza Hall)



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Colonial Philippine religious art from the 17th to the 19th centuries, prominent among which is aretablo from the Church of San Nicolás de Tolentino in Dimiao, Bohol – a NationalCultural Treasure – together with a selection of carved religious images (santos), reliefs and polychromes.


Gallery II (FCCP Hall)



The earliest Philippine paintings depicting a historical political event, the Basi Revolt series by Esteban Villanueva of Vigan(on permanent loan from the Ilocus Sur Historical and Cultural Foundation). Done in 1821, these fourteen paintings,were collectively declared as a National Cultural Treasure. They depict in naïve and vivid style the famous 1807 uprising in Ilocos against colonial rule that would improve tariffs and restrictions on their famous sugarcane-based wine.


Gallery III



Philippine art of the academic and romantic period, specifically of the last three decades of the 19th century, featuring especially the Museum’s considerable holdings of the work of Juan Luna and key contemporaries. Highlights include works by Lorenzo Guerrero, Gaston O’Farrell, and National Cultural Treasures such as Feeding the Chickens, one the earliest known Philippine genre paintings, by Simon Flores, as well as the famous UnaBulaqueñaby Juan Luna. Featured also are nearly 100 works by Luna that formed part of the historic donation of the GraceLuna de San Pedro Collection by the Far East Bankand Trust Company in the early 1990s.


Gallery IV (Fundación Santiago Hall)



Continuing the theme and late 19th century period of the previous gallery, works by Félix Resurrección Hidalgo are featured together with sculptures by IsabeloTampinco (Key works of which are the Gift of Ernesto and Araceli Salas).




Gallery V



Works by the polymath and National Hero, Dr. José P. Rizal, including four original sculptures and one fine drawing from his 1886 sojourn in Berlin (the Gift of Aurora Ortega-Carlos in memory of Pablo C. Carlos). Included is Rizal’s work Mother’sRevenge, a declared National Cultural Treasure, as well as several portrait busts and paintings of Rizal by eminent Filipino artists, including IsabeloTampinco, GracianoNepomuceno, Guillermo Tolentino and Martino Abellana from the early 20th century until the 1950s.


Gallery VI




The late contemporaries and artistic successors of Luna and Hidalgo who were active in the late Spanish colonial period and into the American occupation, including Fabian de la Rosa, Jorge Pineda, Irineo Miranda, Fernando Amorsolo, and numerous other masters who shaped Philippine art before and contemporaneous to the advent of Modernism in the country.




Gallery VIII (Silvina and Juan C. Laya Hall)



The late contemporaries and artistic successors of Luna and Hidalgo who were active in the late Spanish colonial period and into the American occupation, including Fabian de la Rosa, Jorge Pineda, Irineo Miranda, Fernando Amorsolo, and numerous other masters who shaped Philippine art before and contemporaneous to the advent of Modernism in the country.


Gallery IX

The works of the great modernists of Philippine Art, featuring important works by Victorio Edades, Diosdado Lorenzo, Vicente Manansala, Carlos V. Francisco, Hernando R. Ocampo, Cesar Legaspi, Manuel Rodriguez, Ang Kiukok, José Joya, Fernando Zobel, Mauro Malang and many others.




Gallery X (Museum Foundation of the Philippines Hall)



A gallery dedicated to The Progress of Medicine in the Philippines, a set of four paintings by Carlos V. Francisco specially commissioned for the entrance hall of the Philippine General Hospitalin 1953. Declared a National Cultural Treasure, these extraordinary works were placed on indefinite loan to the National Museum by the University of the Philippines to secure their preservation for future generations.

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