Ongoing until September 15 at the National Museum of the Philippines is Mixing Colors, Making History: Palettes in Art and for Art, an exhibition of palettes and materials of art at the Masters’ Hall of the National Art Gallery.
On display are palettes and art materials from the Rico and Melanie Hizon Collection, as well as from distinguished artists, private collectors, and the National Art Collection.
The exhibit, held in cooperation with the Filipino Heritage Festivals Inc., focuses on the palette as material for art and material in art as part of the National Museum’s investigation on materials used by Filipino artists. The palette is usually a flat, wooden surface in which painters would mix paint and contrive colors that would influence our way of viewing the world, thus in a way, serving as the foundation of the way we look at our world from the perspective of the artist.
Aside from the traditional palettes, also part of the exhibit are wooden tobacco boxes and construction materials (such as Masonite boards, glass and concrete) which have all served as an extension of the Filipino artists’ adaptability and their desire to find spaces for their artistry.
Among the prominent artists represented in the exhibit are National Artists Fernando Amorsolo, Carlos “Botong” Francisco, Vicente Manansala, Arturo Luz, and Benedicto Cabrera (BenCab), and Federico Aguilar Alcuaz; as well as Felix Resurrection Hidalgo, E. Aguilar Cruz, Romulo Galicano, Anita Magsaysay-Ho, Malang, Romulo Olazo, Norma Belleza, Antonio Austria and Pacita Abad.
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