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The Philippine Center New York Core Collection of 1974: A Homecoming Exhibition

The Philippine Center New York Core Collection of 1974: A Homecoming Exhibition

The National Museum of the Philippines in celebration of the National Arts Month in 2021, proudly launched the exhibition, The Philippine Center New York Core Collection of 1974: A Homecoming Exhibition.

These artworks, coined here as the Philippine Center Core Collection of 1974, were initially selected by National Artist Arturo Luz, and assisted by Mauro Malang Santos and Wili Fernandez to represent the Filipino national identity following the prevalent style of the international arts scene during the 1970s.

Out of the original 120 artworks in the core collection, the National Museum of the Philippines borrowed 115 artworks that represent Filipino artists, nine of whom have been conferred National Artists. These are Federico Aguilar Alcuaz, Ang Kiukok, Benedicto Cabrera, Jose T. Joya, Cesar Legaspi, Arturo Luz, Vicente Manansala, Jerry Elizalde Navarro and Hernando R. Ocampo. Also featured in the collection are works by Manuel Rodriguez Sr., who is considered the ‘Father of Philippine Printmaking’ and several outstanding prints by Romulo Olazo, Rodolfo Samonte and Rod Paras-Perez. Renowned Filipino Modernists are also represented, including Norma Belleza, Lilian Hwang, Lee Aguinaldo, Eduardo Castrillo, Malang, Roberto Chabet, Manuel Baldemor and Solomon Saprid, among others.

For the first time since their acquisition and journey to the other side of the globe, these masterpieces are now home and temporarily exhibited at the National Museum of Fine Arts for the appreciation of the Filipino people and to give honor to artists that have significantly contributed to promoting our Filipino heritage worldwide.

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Time & Location

National Museum of the Philippines

Special Exhibition Hall - Gallery XXVII and XXVIII, National Museum of Fine Arts, P. Burgos Drive, Rizal Park, Manila