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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

UNFOLDING HALF A CENTURY


THE Lopez Memorial Museum (LMM) turns 50 this month (February) and anniversary activities kick off with the launching on February 18 of the coffee table book, "Unfolding Half a Century: The Lopez Memorial Museum", alongside the opening of a cutting-edge exhibit, Threads: The Museum as Site for the Weaving of Tales.

Threads feature contemporary artists Jean Marie Syjuco, Ann Wizer, Myra Beltran, Jef Carnay, Ann Pamintuan, Leo Abaya and Kiri Dalena. Each artist has been invited to either craft a work taking off from their personal conception of the museum or to “cosplay" characters found in iconic works from the museum collection. Taken together, their works will speak on what museums do, as sites of remembrance and narrative-making. Highlights of these performances and installation pieces will be exhibited at the Rockwell Power Plant Mall North Court from February 19 to 25.

Parallel to this will be the opening to the public of LMM's 50th anniversary exhibition at the museums premises in Ortigas Center, Pasig. The exhibition, After the Fact evokes recollections of past exhibitions as well as a purview of future directions of LMM. It. features key works from the museum collection and works by Gaston Damag, Antipas Delotavo, Imelda Cajipe-Endaya and Keith Sicat.

What started as the personal collection of the late Lopez Group founder Eugenio H. Lopez Sr. has evolved into a trusted and well-loved Philippine institution. In fact, the Lopez Memorial Museum and Library collection now ranks as one of the finest in Asia.

Since its founding in 1960, the fine art section has grown from an initial collection of 19th century masterpieces consisting of 36 Juan Lunas and 182 Felix Resurreccion Hidalgos to include modern and contemporary pieces. The library currently counts over 19,000 Filipiniana titles by 12,000 authors, rare books, maps, manuscripts and literary works. With the institution’s digitization project and conservation laboratory, it provides quick and convenient access to materials while ensuring that these are preserved for future use.

Over the years, LMM has always been committed to move the institution forward by broadening its engagements outside its physical structure, as well as pursuing an interdisciplinary approach to its exhibitions and programs. After the Fact also occasions the launching of LMM’s new website from which visitors will be able to access a searchable and indexed archive of approximately 100,000 images.

Events:
February 18: “Unfolding” launch at the Rockwell Tent
February 19-25: Threads: The Museum as Site for the Weaving of Tales at Rockwell Power Plant Mall
until September 18: After the Fact at the Lopez Memorial Museum

Reference:
Rosan Cruz
Email: rcruz@benpres.com.ph
Tel : 449-2856
Mobile: 0918 888-9198

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