What a pleasure to drive down to the bay area on Sunday afternoons, when Manila’s streets decongest of jeepneys, buses, FXs, and
pedestrians. What a treat to check out the Cultural Center of the Philippines, an unheralded venue of contemporary exhibits, usually by young visual artists. What a thrill to head down specifically to catch Suddenly Turning Visible: The Collection at The Center.
As part of the Cultural Center’s 40th anniversary, the show brings out selected pieces from the CCP’s collection of more than 1000 artworks. Don’t miss this chance to see important pieces from Philippine art
history: The Builders from the 1928 exhibit of Victorio Edades at the Philippine Colombian, Lee Aguinaldo figurative works on canvas, Fernando Amorsolo’s fallen warship lit by a Manila Bay sunset, Solomon Saprid’s Penitensiya.
I love the works from the 60s and the 70s that look just as relevant today: Nightglow by Arturo Luz from 1960, Ang Kiukok’s Untitled (Junkscape) from 1975, and Galo Ocampo’s Talaba 1 from 1979. My favorite? Santi Bose’s An Afternoon in Sampaloc Lake. How interesting to note the influence of these greats on the works of artists exhibiting today.
Karen Flores now oversees this important collection as head of the CCPs Visual Arts Department, a position held until his death last year by Sid Hildawa.
Suddenly Turning Visible: The Collection at The Center is on view until 23 April 2009 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (3F).