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Art&Culture (04/19/17)

Posted on April 19, 2017

AN artwork from Juvenal Sanso’s Black Series

Juvenal Sanso at Alliance Franšaise

THE Alliance Franšaise de Manille and Fundacion Sanso present an exhibition of the works of visual artist, Juvenal Sanso entitled The Triumph of the Spirit: a healing inspired by the coast of Brittany. It will open on April 20, 6:30 p.m. at the Alliance Franšaise de Manille Total Gallery. The exhibit is a meditation on several texts chosen in relation to Sanso’s early works, the post-war trauma that is the springboard for his creative process, and the timelessness of the message of hope, particularly in this time where recent attacks to Sanso’s beloved Paris have been made. This exhibit also celebrates the healing Sanso experienced inspired by the coast of Brittany. Another component of this exhibit is his transition from his black period to his Brittany Series, which is an admiration of the coast of Brittany. Five groups of artworks will be exhibited, Artworks 1 are all for exhibition purpose only. Artworks 2 are prints from the Black Period which will be for sale. These will include the Black Series prints reprinted by Fundacion Sanso as special edition prints for the Sanso 70 Years in Art Retrospective, as well as a few acrylics on canvas works sourced by the Fundacion Sanso. Artworks 3 are en plein air paintings of the coasts of Brittany from the Fundacion Sanso Collection. These works are not for sale. Artworks 4 will be Brittany Series paintings supplied by Sanso’s official gallery, Galerie Joaquin, who will partner with Fundacion Sanso for the project. A series of photographs of the coast of Brittany taken by photographer Abby Frias will augment the exhibit to serve as a counterpoint to Sanso’s paintings. All sellable artworks from Artworks 2 and 4 will have authentication papers issued by Fundacion Sanso and Galerie Joaquin. The Alliance Total Gallery is at Alliance Franšaise de Manille, 209 Nicanor Garcia St, Bel-Air II, Makati City.

Cesar Legaspi retrospective at the CCP

THE Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and 100 Years of Cesar Legaspi present Lying in State, the launching exhibit of National Artist Cesar Legaspi’s birth centenary. Lying in State is on view at the CCP’s Bulwagang Juan Luna (Main Gallery) and 2nd and 3rd floor hallway galleries, until June 4. It opened on April 2. Featuring the artist’s public art projects and state commissions, including those from the collections of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, the National Museum of the Philippines, and Malacanan Palace, Lying in State also features unique collaborations with younger generations of artists from diverse fields: from lantern makers of Pampanga to media artists taking off from Legaspi pieces employing animation and video projection. Viewing hours are from Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission is free. Aside from the exhibit itself, a series of related activities will be held from April to June at the CCP as an educational component to the exhibition. For more information, contact the CCP Visual Arts & Museum Division, Production & Exhibition Department at 832-1125 local 1504/1505, 832-3702, 0917-603-3809, e-mail, or visit

Ching and Sison at MO_Space

MARIANO CHING and Yasmin Sison present Traveling on the Edges of Lost Maps from April 22 to May 21 at MO_Space. The tenuous nature of memory is explored once again by Sison through a series of watercolors that revisits the travel photos of her maternal grandparents, titled Pepe and Seang’s Grand Vacation. Ching’s latest paintings, in oil and watercolor, are seeming monuments to discarded structures that had crucial use in times of intense armed conflict but now lay abandoned, acting as relics that signify the peril and paranoia of a world under precarious shifts of power and systems. The gallery -- found at the 3rd level of MOs Design, B2 Bonifacio High Street, 9th Ave., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig -- is open daily, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Call for nominations, entries to Ateneo Art Awards

THE call for nominations and entries for the 2017 Ateneo Art Awards is now open. Since 2004, the Fernando Zobel Prizes for Visual Art have been given to Filipino visual artists below the age of 36 for outstanding work in an exhibition held between May 2 of the previous year and May 1 of the current year. From a shortlist of 12 artists, three winners will be chosen and will be eligible for international residency grants from our partner institutions: La Trobe Art Institute in Bendigo, Australia, Liverpool Hope University in Liverpool, United Kingdom and Artesan Gallery + Studio in Singapore. Meanwhile, the Purita Kalaw-Ledesma Prizes in Art Criticism’s two winners will be awarded a column in The Philippine Star and six articles in the ArtAsiaPacific magazine. The forms, mechanics and guidelines for both prizes may be downloaded from the Ateneo Art Gallery Web site. For inquiries, e-mail

Lecture on maps

A SATURDAY lecture series is being held as part of the ongoing exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila, Mapping the Philippine Seas. Raphael P. M. Lotilla will give the talk “Questions I Used to Ask About Maps” on April 22, 10:30 a.m., at the museum. The lecture fee is P150. Lotilla recalls his fascination for maps even as a young boy, an interest he had an opportunity to rekindle as a Professor of Law at the University of the Philippines (UP) where he also served as Director of the Institute of International Legal Studies at the UP Law Center. He found maps totally indispensable in his research and teaching on Philippine national territory, constitutional law, international law, law of the sea, and citizenship. He found maps just as useful when he served in government, first as Deputy Director-General of the National Economic and Development Authority, and later as Secretary of Energy. The museum is found at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Complex, Roxas Blvd., Malate, Manila. For details, e-mail or call 708-7829.

Lecture on architecture and design

“FRAMING THE FUTURE,” a talk on architecture and design with Johnny Hubilla and Paulo Alcazaren, will be held on April 22, 3 p.m., at the Beato Angelico Gallery, University of Santo Tomas, Esapaña St., Manila. Hubilla is a pioneer of interior design in the Philippines and a former chairman of the Board of Interior Design of the Professional Regulation Commission and former vice-head for the National Committee on Architecture and Allied Arts for the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA). Alcazaren, author of The Philippine Star column “City Sense,” is an architectural historian and architect that specializes in urban design and landscape architecture. The lecture is part of the talks and exhibits celebrating 100 years of Luis Ma. Araneta.