Seven Filipino Modernists Come to Singapore for Charity

Seven Filipino Modernists Come to Singapore for Charity

...with strong conceptualist approaches to painting and art making come together to benefit three scholarship funds

By: Ronald Achacoso, Loida Corpus, Minnie Lau and Marc Zara

The University of the Philippines Alumni Association ( Singapore ) (UPAAS) , together with the Philippine Bayanihan Society (PBS) and the School of Economics of the Singapore Management University (SOE-SMU) will be undertaking an Art Exhibit on Philippine Modernist Paintings. This is to generate funds supporting their scholarship programs.
The Art Exhibit is scheduled for October 10-22, 2008 at the Singapore Management University Gallery, aptly coinciding with Singapore ’s prime venue for showcasing Asian Modern Art to the world – the Singapore Biennale 2008. The Art Exhibit will consist of a collection of paintings specially executed for this exhibit by post-modernists:

  • Ronald Achacoso
  • Juan Alcazaren
  • Annie Cabigting
  • Nilo Ilarde (also curator for this exhibit)
  • Elaine Roberto-Navas
  • Bernardo Pacquing and
  • Crispin S. Villanueva Jr.

More information on the artists’ background are available here.

Filipino artists are globally known for their work and talent. With the growing presence of Filipinos in Singapore it is timely that the land of many talents share some of the works. For more than 20 years, these seven artists have actively pursued their calling, displaying individually and as a group, a number of ground breaking and influential exhibitions. The exhibit has no title in order to gain a much more inner view into each individual artist’s expression of post-modern art. Each artist will be designating an artwork that will be offered for auction.

Examples are Painting by Numbers, Fear and Desire (Cultural Center of the Philippines, Main Gallery) and Guilty Pleasures, Cracks and Abysses, Dangerous Metaphors (Art Center in Mandaluyong, Metro Manila).

The artists are all alumni of the premiere University of the Philippines (UP) and they will be exhibiting together for the first time in Singapore. This is in the spirit of the centennial anniversary of UP, which was established in 1908, and in the spirit of giving back to society.

Three Singapore registered organizations are the beneficiaries of the proceeds from the sale for these art works. They are the University of the Philippines Alumni Association (Singapore) Endowment Fund for Education (UPAAS-EFE) , the Philippine Bayanihan Society (PBS) and the SMU-School of Economics Scholarship Fund.

All artworks will be available for preview on October 9, 2008 while the exhibit officially opens on October 10, 2008 at 7:00 pm . The Auction begins at 7:30 pm. The exhibit will run until October 22, 2008. The exhibit dates also aptly coincide with Singapore’s prime venue that showcases Asian Modern Art to the world – the Singapore Biennale 2008.
All seven artists will be present at the opening of the exhibit and auction (October 10, 2008).

There will also be a pre-selling of the artworks. Venue of the exhibit is:

Singapore Management University Gallery
90 Stamford Road
Singapore 178903

Sponsors for this Exhibit are:

Major Sponsor

Minor Sponsors

Singapore Management University
PenTravel & Tours Singapore Pte Ltd

For more details please contact:

For Singapore:

Loida Corpus: +65 91770133
Marc Zara: + 65 81224581

For the Philippines:

Hubert San Juan: +63 917 8974101