Ongoing until September 22 at the National Museum is the recently unveiled exhibit, Eskultor ng Lahing Filipino, a tribute to National Artist Guillermo Tolentino on the occasion of his 123rdbirth anniversary. In the collection are not only sculptures, but also studies and drawings that span six decades of the Filipino master’s creativity and public art making.
A master in classical sculpture, Guillermo Tolentino persisted in the enduring traditions of the ideal Greek and Roman statuary and became its vanguard against the modernist art advanced by his many of his contemporaries, which he perceived to threaten the foundation of artmaking. He, along with fellow National Artist and painter Fernando Amorsolo, dominated the Philippine art scene in the 1930s up to the 1950s, with his works remaining popular to this day. Among Tolentino’s most popular masterpieces are landmarks like the Bonifacio Monument in Balintawak, and the UP Oblation (originally created for the campus in Manila before it was moved to Diliman). The genius of his works moved and inspired distinguished Filipino poet laureate Jose Corazon de Jesus, known during his day as Huseng Batute, to compose the paean, Ang Bantayog ng Bayani, which referred to Tolentino as a sculptor of the new Filipino who possesses the ancestry of a superior soul.
Eskultor ng Lahing Filipino is on exhibit at the National Museum’s Security Bank Hall at the National Art Gallery (Old Legislative Building). The museum is open Tuesdays to Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For information on tours and admission fees, please go to www.nationalmuseum.gov.ph
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Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
Thursday August 8, 2013 - Sunday September 22, 2013
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