Showcasing over 500 artworks, the Ateneo Art Gallery of the Ateneo de Manila University is acclaimed to be the Philippines’ first museum of modern art. It is the modern Filipino art’s haven as it is the only museum in the country devoted to collecting, displaying and interpreting modern Philippine art.
The Ateneo Art Gallery highlights works from its permanent collection and hosts public programs and exhibitions of present day local artists. Visiting exhibitions from foreign artists are also scheduled. Categorized as follows, The Print & Drawing Collection, The Modern Philippine Art Collection and The Contemporary Philippine Art Collection include drawings, sculptures, paintings, prints, photographs and posters, woodcuts, engravings, lithographs etchings, and other graphic-arts media.
Rembrandt, Goya, and Picasso are only a few of the world-renowned artists featured in the Gallery. Works by notable Filipino artists like Fernando Amorsolo, Vicente Manansala, Ang Kiukok and Anita Magsaysay-Ho are also shown. For contemporary art, there are the creations of Jose Tence Ruiz, Anna Fer, Alfredo Esquillo and many more.
A generous inheritance from the late Fernando Zobel de Ayala (1924-1984), over 200 artworks by postwar Filipino artists formed the initial compilation of the museum. Ayala, renowned painter, scholar and teacher, intended for these to be a study collection of students especially those taking up liberal arts. Other patrons and artists soon donated more pieces to the Gallery, resulting to an impressive collection which charts the art movement in the Philippines in the postwar era, from neo-realism to social realism among others. Ayala’s art legacy to the university was first displayed in the Bellamine Hall in 1961 and was moved permanently in 1967 to the ground floor of the Rizal Library.
The Ateneo Art Gallery also holds the annual Ateneo Art Awards, considered to be the most prestigious prize for a Filipino contemporary artist. It was established in 2004 in memory of Fernando Zobel de Ayala, its founding benefactor. The Ateneo Art Gallery is located at the Ateneo de Manila University, Katipunan Road, Loyola Heights, Quezon City. It is open from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM on weekdays and 8:00 AM to 12 NN on Saturdays. Entrance is free.
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