Over 100 Filipino masterpieces from New York come home after 47 years

New York Filipino masterpieces come home
The National Museum of the Philippines (NMP) kicked off its reopening with the latest exhibit featuring 115 artworks borrowed from the Philippine Center in New York City. Screengrabs from the 360 virtual tour in the NMP Fine Arts Division.

One hundred fifteen Filipino masterpieces are now back home at the National Museum in Manila after 47 years of being on display at the Philippine Center New York (PCNY).

The National Museum of the Philippines reopened its doors to the public with its newest homecoming exhibition for 115 out of the 120 selected artworks in the PCNY’s Core Collection of 1974.

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Nine Filipino artists represented in the collection have been awarded the distinction of National Artist, namely Federico Aguilar Alcuaz, Ang Kiukok, Benedicto Cabrera, Jose Joya, Cesar Legaspi, Arturo Luz, Vicente Manansala, Jerry Elizalde Navarro, and Hernando Ocampo.

Featured in the collection are works by Manuel Rodriguez Sr. also known as the ‘Father of Philippine Printmaking,’ and several outstanding prints by Romulo Olazo, Rodolfo Samonte, and Rod Paras-Perez.

Other notable artists including Mauro Malang Santos, Solomon Saprid, Juvenal Sansó, Manuel Baldemor, Augusto Albor, Cid Reyes and Raul Isidro as well as two Filipina artists are represented in this exhibition, Norma Belleza and Lilian Hwang.

The project was made possible in partnership with the Department of Foreign Affairs, Philippine Center Management Board – New York, and the Office of Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda.

“The Philippine Center New York (PCNY) Core Collection of 1974: A Homecoming Exhibition” is currently installed at Galleries 27 and 28 at the National Museum of Fine Arts and will run until February 13, 2022.

The show can also be accessed in a 360 virtual tour through this link.

The Philippine Center in New York City was established on May 10, 1973, by virtue of Presidential Decree 188 to introduce Filipino art and encourage foreign tourists to visit the Philippines.

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