As its main building is renovated, Ayala Museum to mount mobile exhibits

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AS THE Ayala Museum shuts its doors for a year while undergoing a major renovation, art lovers will not miss out as it will be holding mobile exhibits starting this month.

“The Ayala Museum in Greenbelt opened back in 2004 and it’s been 15 years since. We wanted to give our 15-year-old building an update and refresh its look to stay modern, improve our services, and better cater to art and culture in the Philippines,” Ayala Foundation Senior Director for Arts and Culture Mariles Gustilo told BusinessWorld in an e-mail.

Even though the building will be closed, exhibitions and other activities will continue through Ayala Museum On-The-Go (OTG).

Ayala Museum OTG will include exhibitions such as Future of History: Diorama Virtual Reality, the Ayala Museum Doll Collection, Pioneers of Philippine Art and the Filipinas Heritage Library’s Women and War and Color in History. Workshops, lectures, concerts, and other well-loved programs will also be held in various locations.

The first Ayala Museum OTG exhibit will be held at Market! Market! from June 12 to 30. It will feature The Evolution of Filipino Costumes Series: The Ayala Museum Doll Collection, a collection of 69 dolls dressed in attire worn by selected cultural groups around the country.

“The Ayala Museum Doll Collection is one of the original permanent exhibitions housed in the old Ayala Museum (at the Insular Life Building) when it opened in 1974,” Ms. Gustilo noted.

Pop-ups of the mobile museum be mounted monthly in malls and schools in Metro Manila.

Plans and announcements regarding the museum’s new look and lineup of activities would have to wait.

“We’ll be sharing all our exciting plans once we get nearer to our re-opening in 2020,” Ms. Gustilo said.

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