Friday, August 9, 2013

Checkin' Out The Ayala Museum

       Yesterday, after delivering some shirts to Makati in the noontime, I decided to go to Greenbelt and see the Ayala Museum. I really enjoyed looking at the artful stuff they got in there. A lot of inspiring and intriguing pieces. I really wish I could share  photos of favorite works  but taking pictures is not allowed in the museum. So I'll just tell you guys of what you will find in there with the help of these thumbnail pics I grabbed from their website =P

Yayoi Kusama is one of the featured artists and this show is her first in Manila which runs until September 1, 2013. You'll find most of her art at the ground floor.

      Textured and colorful paintings by National Artist H. R. Ocampo, made in from 1930 to 1974, are exhibited on the 2nd floor. Exhibit runs until November 17, 2013.

      And of course modernist paintings by Fernando Zobel de Ayala y Montojo are exhibited in the same gallery on the 2nd floor. I think it's a permanent exhibit in the museum.

         On the 3rd floor if a gallery of  60 dioramas depicting Philippine history from pre-colonial times up to the Third Republic. A walk through the gallery is 3-dimensional story of our country's journey to freedom.

     Within the gallery of dioramas is this display of these nicely made models of 18th Century ships. Also a permanent feature.

 On the 4th floor is a large collection of charming antique ceramics from China and Southeast Asia.

     I love the special gallery that exhibited a large collection of gold adornments from pre-colonial times. They make you imagine a  people from a kingdom, in a land before it was named Philippines.

     A small gallery on the 4th floor shows a few set of garments worn by Filipino men and women during early colonial times. I like the striped shirts the nicely embroidered handkerchiefs.

      If you haven't been to the Ayala Museum, do make time to check it out. To see the galleries on all 4 floors of the museum is Php 225 if your are a resident of the Philippines. There's a discount for students and senior citizens. They're open from Tuesday to Sunday, 9 AM to 6 PM. You can actually pay only for the exhibits that you want to see, like if you're only into contemporary art.

     So I guess I'll be coming back when a new exhibit opens. ^_^

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