Viewing Paulino Que’s Collection of Young Contemporary Artists (aka, The I Wish They Were Mine Show)

 

Three years ago, Ambeth Ocampo arranged for the

Kim Atienza and Ayala Museum's Ken Esguerra with Jojo Legaspi's "St Thelma"

Kim Atienza and Ayala Museum's Ken Esguerra with Jojo Legaspi's "St Thelma"

Board of Trustees of the Museum Foundation of the Philippines to view Paulino and Hetty Que’s collection of Philippine art and historical objets.  Ambeth, perhaps only half-kidding, dubbed the occasion the tour of the”… real National Gallery”.  As he took us through the assembly of works, from Juan Luna’s canvases, to Fabian dela Rosa’s landscapes, then onto the Amorsolos, and the Thirteen Moderns, from the Ben Cabs to the Ang Kiukoks, we realized what Ambeth meant.  The staggering display covered the whole gamut of Philippine art history from Damian Domingo’s Academia de Dibujo to the 1980s.  

Alfredo Esquillo Jr., "The Thomasites Were Here"

Alfredo Esquillo Jr., "The Thomasites Were Here"

Geraldine Javier and Ateneo's Leo Garcia with her piece, "Bubbles In His Head"

Geraldine Javier and Ateneo's Leo Garcia with her piece, "Bubbles In His Head"

Trust a collector like Paulino Que to keep up with the times.  What had not been on view then, he shares with Philippine art lovers now as he brings out his collection of young contemporaries.  What a treat to see the best of the best of paintings from 1996 to today, from the most celebrated and exciting artists we currently follow.  

View from upstairs of Elmer Borlongan's "Solo Show"

View from upstairs of Elmer Borlongan's "Solo Show"

Thank you to Paulino for generously sharing a part of his collection, and allowing us the privilege to witness contemporary art history in the making.

Kawayan De Guia, "Subtle Repercussions A"

Kawayan De Guia, "Subtle Repercussions A"

Yael Buencamino, Gerry Tan, and Mark Justiniani's "Roundtrip Overload"

Yael Buencamino, Gerry Tan, and Mark Justiniani's "Roundtrip Overload"

John and Pam Santos with John's piece, "Behind the Scenes"

John and Pam Santos with John's piece, "Behind the Scenes"

Of the 21 pieces up on Finale’s huge walls,  there are a few that I wish I could wrap up and hang on mine:  Jojo Legaspi’s St. Thelma tops my list.  No one else depicts stark terror and anger as finely as he does.  You feel the profanity come to life.  Then, Geraldine Javier at her lyrical and melancholic best with Bubbles in His Head.  So sadly beautiful.  I wish I had the means to commission Behind the Scenes by Jose Santos III.  John just keeps getting better and better.  The Thomasites Were Here  brings us  another of Alfredo Esquillo Jr’s excellently- rendered commentaries on Philippine historical events.   Too bad I don’t have the space for this triptych (as if!).  And I must say I also love Kawayan De Guia’s  Subtle Repercussions A which I find to be the most contemporary of the bunch. 

Robert Langenegger, "Rolling Paperworks" and Louie Cordero, "Untitled"

Robert Langenegger, "Rolling Paperworks" and Louie Cordero, "Untitled"

Would love to hear your favorites!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mona and Soler Santos viewing Annie Cabigting's "Viewing Bacon"

Mona and Soler Santos viewing Annie Cabigting's "Viewing Bacon"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Figuring The Times, Philippine Paintings 1996 to 2009, A Selection from the Paulino Que Collection is on view at Finale Art File from 13 March to 3 April 2009.  Finale is located at Warehouse 17, La Fuerza Compound, Pasong Tamo, Makati.  Phone (632) 810-4071 or visit www.finaleartfile.com.  For more information on Geraldine Javier visit www.geraldinejavier.com

 

 

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9 Responses to Viewing Paulino Que’s Collection of Young Contemporary Artists (aka, The I Wish They Were Mine Show)

  1. jon says:

    Pretty difficult to choose but my top 5:
    1. Geraldine Javier – Bubbles on His Head
    2. Jojo Legaspi – St. Thelma
    3. Alfredo Esquillo – the Thomasites were here
    4. Louie Cordero – Untitled
    5. Marina Cruz – Memories of the Twin’s Piano Recital

  2. Joanne says:

    So many beautiful paintings but my favorites were:
    1. Alfredo Esquillo
    2. Manuel Ocampo
    3. Elmer Borlongan
    4. Ronald Ventura
    5. Geraldine Javier

  3. Elena Verlee says:

    Wow, amazing art blog! Now I know where to go when I’m ready to buy art. ;-) Thanks for sharing your expertise.

  4. hazel says:

    Louie Cordero and Jojo Legaspi for me

  5. Tibur says:

    very educational blog, especially for me a local artist who cant go to manila.through your views I was able to know the contemporary filipino art scene not written in the tabloids or magazines.more power.

  6. One word”fantastic collection, brilliant artistic minds!

    E. Tabuena

  7. cris says:

    Lovely to discover your blog. Now I know where to go if I miss a show. I laughed out loud at your alternative title to this thread, ‘The I Wish They were Mine Show’. I felt very much the same way. Damn globalization! The rest of the world and the major auction houses have discovered our amazing young talents, that, the likes of us mere mortals can no longer get hold of any of these artists works(never mind afford them). I’f I have to choose amongst the works(not the artists, mind, because I’ll choose them all), it’ll have to be:

    1. Ronald Ventura
    2. Annie Cabigting
    3. Geraldine Javier

  8. Larry G. says:

    Lovely collection. My favorite works in the show are:

    1. Elmer Borlongan
    2. Marina Cruz
    3. Alfred Esquillo

  9. alicia says:

    From this particular assemblage of paintings my favourite would have to be
    1. Alfredo Esquillo
    2. Ronald Ventura
    3. Manuel Ocampo
    4. Annie Cabigting

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