Ligalig: Art in a Time of Threat and Turmoil

Ligalig: Art in a Time of Threat and Turmoil

The Ateneo Art Gallery Collection has grown through the decades to include different artistic voices in contemporary art practice. From a core collection of postwar modern art, social realism is another genre that has gained significant representation.

Emmanuel Torres, founding curator of the Ateneo Art Gallery, purposefully identified artists to donate to the growing university art collection whose works reveal the precarious conditions brought about during the 1970s. Ligalig, a Filipino word for “troubled,” encompasses the themes that remain relevant to this day — threats to life and freedom brought about by abuse of power, poverty, economic and social inequalities, and environmental degradation.

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Widely recognized today as the first museum of Philippine modern art, the Ateneo Art Gallery was established in 1960 through Fernando Zóbel’s bequest to the Ateneo of his collection of works by key Filipino post war artists. Through the years, other philanthropists and artists followed Zobel’s initiative, filling in the gaps so that the collection now surveys every Philippine art movement in the post war era: from neo-realism and abstract expressionism to today’s post-modern hybrid tendencies.

Time & Location

Ateneo Art Gallery

10 - 19 February 2023

Soledad V Pangilinan Arts Wing, Areté, Ateneo de Manila University, Katipunan Ave., Quezon City