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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Exhibit Calendar 2009 - Yuchengco Museum


Yuchengco Museum
RCBC Plaza
Corner Ayala and Senator Gil J. Puyat Avenues
Makati City, Philippines 1200

Open Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The museum is closed on Sundays and holidays.

Adults P100, Students 15 years and older with ID P50, Children and senior citizens P25.

Ongoing Exhibits – Permanent Collection



(Museum lobby, ground floor)
Abstract paintings by Helen Yuchengco Dee

Master Strokes
(Masters Gallery, ground floor)

Paintings by three master Filipino artists: Juan Luna y Novicio, Fernando C. Amorsolo, and Carlos “Botong” V. Francisco

Remembrances of a Hero
(Catwalk, 2nd floor)

Portraits of the women in the life of national hero Jose P. Rizal, including Teodora Alonzo, Leonor Rivera, Segunda Katigbak, and Josephine Bracken

Yuchengco Family and Business in the Philippines: First 100 Years
(Ancestral Gallery, 3rd floor)

Personal memorabilia of museum founder Secretary Alfonso T. Yuchengco pertaining to his Chinese roots, his businesses, and career as a taipan and diplomat

Ongoing Exhibits – Special

Portraits of Shoes, Stories of Feet
Through June 20, 2009
(Cone Room, Bridgeway Gallery and Foyer, 3rd floor)

Portraits of Shoes, Stories of Feet (Portraits de chaussures, Histoires de pieds) is an exhibition of 62 pairs of shoes from the 18th to the 21st century from the collections of the International Shoe Museum in Romans, France and of renowned French fashion houses. The exhibit freely recalls the history of shoes from the 17th to the 21st century beginning from its creation to its outline and how it came to be. It features dialogues between the old and the modern, between the knowhow bequeathed by past bootmakers and shoemakers and the creations of visual artists who have studied the subject. The exhibit proposes a panoramic view of a completely arbitrary choice revolving around the subject of the shoe and its support, the foot. The selection on view presents a landscape running through historical examples from the 18th century to ethnic, Turkish or African models as well as bootmakers like Roger Vivier and Raymond Massaro, with a small selection of crocheted and braided shoes. The curator Yves Sabourin also presents the “museum” pieces side by side with works by contemporary artists in the form of drawings, photographs, videos, performances and installations. Organization: This exhibit is curated by Yves Sabourin, who curated the successful 2006 exhibit “Christian Lacroix Dialogues.” “Portraits of Shoes, Stories of Feet” is an international traveling exhibit presented in Manila by the Alliance Française de Manille, French Embassy in the Philippines, and the Yuchengco Museum.

Stepping in Pinoy Style
Through June 20, 2009
(Alcove and Upper Wing galleries, 4th floor)

As part of a cross-cultural exchange of ideas, the Yuchengco Museum has set up a parallel exhibit of Filipino shoes entitled Stepping in Pinoy Style. The local component displays more than 100 pieces of shoes ranging from the traditional bakya, tsinelas, beaded corchos, and their modern renditions to shoes from various Filipino personalities and historical figures to experimentations and expressions from today’s leading shoe designers. The first section of the exhibit, an entire room largely dedicated to the venerable bakya, explores early accounts of Filipinos and their footwear. On view are examples of traditional shoes such as the bakya, tsinelas, beaded corchos, and alfombras, each with stories on how they have become very much a part of our culture. The second section of Stepping in Pinoy Style features spectacular shoes that show Filipino shoe design and shoemaking at its best. On displays as well are creations and experimentations by designers Lila Almario, Maco Custodio, Cesar Gaupo, Emi Jorge, Joanna Litton, Ann Pamintuan, Brian Tenorio, Kermit Tesoro, and Patis Tesoro. Organization: This exhibit is curated by the Yuchengco Museum.

Upcoming Exhibits – Special

Filipino and Spanish Antique Maps Exhibit (exhibit topic)
June 25 – July 31, 2009
(Upper Wing Gallery, 4th floor)

Featuring 40 antique maps from Filipino and Spanish collections. Organization: This exhibit is presented by the Spanish Embassy in the Philippines, the Philippine Maps Collectors’ Society, and the Yuchengco Museum in celebration of Philippine-Spanish Friendship Day on June 20.

Draped in Silk: The Journey of the Mantones de Manila (working title)
July 1 – December 31, 2009
(3rd floor galleries and Alcove Gallery, 4th floor)

The Philippine islands, colonized by Spain in the 16th century, was an obligatory port of call for galleons loaded with precious cargoes of oriental products, which came via Mexico to dock at Seville's port. Known as the Galleon Trade, these galleons brought goods from China to Europe through the Philippines. One of these in-demand items were embroidered silk shawls from China which were to become known in Europe as the Mantones de Manila. The daintiness and bright embroidery of the Chinese-made shawls captivated the imagination of Sevillians from all walks of life, to the point where the Manila silk shawl gave protection from the cold to both workers at the tobacco factory (the legendary Carmen among them) and ladies of the aristocracy alike. The women of Seville made the Manila silk shawl their own from the very moment this Chinese complement was first imported. These mantones were adopted and adapted by Spain as part of their fashion and national costumes for dance and music.

Amongst the items to be exhibited are archival photographs and prints of Manila galleons, maps of galleon trade routes, mantones from private collectors, and paintings of women wearing the mantones. The exhibit will also showcase mantones-inspired contemporary works from various design and artistic disciplines and highlight Philippine embroidery past and present. Organization: This exhibit is curated by the Yuchengco Museum.

Balgo: Contemporary Australian Art from the Balgo Hills
October 1 – October 22, 2009
(Upper Wing Gallery, 4th floor)

This exhibit presents the work of mainly Kukatja language speakers working with the Warlayirti Artists art centre in the Balgo Hills region of remote Western Australia. Bringing together some of the finest pieces of contemporary Indigenous art to ever tour to international audiences, Balgo offers a riot of color and energy while exploring in depth the stories, history and lives of some of the world’s greatest living artists. The exhibition comprises a group of significant artworks from the Artbank Collection including an important suite of prints by senior Balgo artists, acquired expressly for the exhibition. Artists include some of the most respected Balgo painters—already acknowledged as stars by theinternational art world—and some of the new generation beginning to make names for themselves while carrying on a unique cultural legacy. Organization: This traveling exhibit is presented in Manila by the Australian Embassy in the Philippines and the Yuchengco Museum.

Movement Frozen in Time: A Collection of Dance Images
November – December 2009
(Upper Wing Gallery, 4th floor)

For Martha Graham, grande dame of American modern dance, dance can only be collected in other media. Alongside film and video, dance photography is the most important means of recording it. Its images are frozen movement, sculptures of human posture and light. Like theatre photography, it uses stage lighting. Like photojournalism, it concentrates on the motionless moment within a movement. It also has many features in common with fashion photography. Rather than just present the history of dance photography, the exhibit focuses instead on the more modern trend towards the visualization of dance and movement. Organization: This traveling exhibit presented in Manila by the Tanzarchiv and Goethe-Institut.

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