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Lopez Museum & Library: “Complicated” Exhibition runs from Feb. 21 to Aug. 2, 2014!

I love arts! It makes me transcend to a different world. It is somehow that would divert me into something that I wouldn’t know. Plus, the exceptional skills and incomparable talents of the artists who did the artworks are something that I always look forward every time I visit a museum.

yours truly at "Complicated"
Grounded” was one among the best exhibitions Lopez Museum & Library had. And my astonishment still inevitable when I visited the museum last week, February 20, being the first lucky few bloggers to witness firsthand the latest exhibition called “Complicated” and a chance to have a mini-talk with the artists as they also shared interesting thoughts and ideas on what, when, where, which, why and how they came up on that certain piece.

Why it is entitled “Complicated?”

Well, “It’s Complicated,” a phrase popularized by social media, has become the catch all for all undefined and problematic relationships typical of the post-modern world. Seeing parallels between these and the complex relationship of the Philippines with its colonial past, the Lopez Museum and Library, in partnership with Tin-Aw Art Gallery, presents “Complicated.”

Mike Adrao and Leslie de Chavez
Featuring commissioned works by guest artists Mike Adrao, Leslie de Chavez, and Ea Torrado, juxtaposed with work by Juan Luna Felix Resureccion Hidalgo, Juvenal Sanso, Bencab, Ang kiukok, Jerry Elizalde Navarro and other artworks from the Lopez Museum collection.

Okay, let’s get started with the tour for this season’s exhibitions, Complicated.

Leslie de Chavez’ acerbic and cultural commentary works will welcome you. These portion-by-portion framed videos in wall will great you a pleasant throwback.

To give you a little bit of de Chavez profile, he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts (major in painting), cum laude, at the University of the Philippines. He was the prize winner of the Ateneo Art Awards in 2010 and has been awarded residencies by International Art Program in Leipzig, Germany, Neo-Emerging Artists Residency in Seoul, Korea and Asian Artists Fellowship Program in Korea.

Highest Quality Videos, 2014
Can you guess what’s the below photo? Hmmm… it is a Michael Jackson inspired artworks, the clones of Michael Jackson having a concert, yeah?

I Just Can't Stop Loving You (mixed media), 2014
State of Your Liberty (mixed media), 2014
The King (oil on canvas), 2014
Next in line is Ea Torrado. Ea Torrado is an independent contemporary-dancer-choreographer. She has essayed principal and soloist roles in both classical and contemporary full-length ballets and has toured extensively in the Philippines and abroad with Ballet Manila, Ballet Philippines, and Dance Theatre of Tenessee.

Ea Torrado
Choreographer/dancer Ea’s video installation based on the frantic search of Jose Rizal’s Sisa was stunning. It will take your breath away and stop your heart beat for a while. Seeing her video would make your senses to be alert on not to make any noise. Please watch below and be enthralled on how she will able to capture her audience attention.

And last but not the least, Mike Adrao. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts (major in Studio Arts) at the University of the Philippines. He has held solo exhibitions at Tin-aw Art Gallery, Project Space Pilipinas, and most recently, at this year’s Southeast Asia Platform of Art Stage Singapore.

Well, looking at the photos will, somehow, do a self-explanatory, from the complexity of the details being put together. Complicated showcased the larger-than-life anthropomorphic pillars of Mike Adrao. Please watch the video below on how he came up with this. By the way, one painting was done for 1 month. Oh well, patience is really a virtue.

Infectious 02 & 03
Mike Adrao with Pillars 02
Meanwhile, also featured are select books from the library’s collection and rich archive of colonial photographs, maps, travel journals, sketches and cartoons – including those done by Tony Velasquez (known for Kenkoy), and of course, reflections on the museum’s iconic Espana Y Filipinas by Juan Luna.

Woman holding a sword (Oil on canvas) & Woman holding a torch (Oil on canvas) by Felix Hidalgo
hallway, bag in the right side - Bargain (welded metal plates), 2011 by Anton del Castillo
other artworks by different artists
Moreover, there are activities lined-up during the duration of the “Complicated” exhibition.
Artist Talk: Mike Adrao
March 01, 2-4pm
P120.00 (P100 for students and museum members)

Book Launch: M’mmry Wire by Ricardo M. de Ungria
In partnership with AdVerbum Projects
March 08, 2-4pm

Concert: Tribute to Maestro Lucio San Pedro
In partnership with Orchestra of the Filipino Youth
April 05, 2-4pm
P500.00 (450 for students and museum members)

Forum: Writer’s Right
In partnership with BLTX
April 26, 2-4pm
P120.00 (P100 for students and museum members)

Workshop: Youthsome Yarns to Yearn for Comic Book Writing & Illustrating for young adults with Adam David and Jose Nicolas
May 08, 09, 13 & 14, 2-4pm
P2,500.00 (P2,250 for students and museum members)

Artist Talk: Ea Torrado
May 17, 2-4pm
P120.00 (P100 for students and museum members)

Concert: Complicated – the concert in partnership with Viva Voce
May 31, 2-4pm
P300.00 (P270 for students and museum members)

Workshop: Basic Condition Reporting for Museum Objects
June 05, 9-4pm
P1,500.00 Inclusive of workshop materials, lunch & certificate
(P1,350 for students and museum members)

Forum: It’s Complicated (Relationships in the social media age)
June 28, 2-4pm
P120.00 (P100 for students and museum members)

Artist Talk: Leslie de Chavez
July 05, 2-4pm
P120.00 (P100 for students and museum members)

MUSEUM FREE DAYMay 18 in Celebration of International Museum Day

However, please take that the museum and library will be closed on the following days:
April 09 – Araw ng Kagitingan
April 17-19 – Maundy Thursday to Black Saturday
May 01 – Labor Day
June 12 – Independence Day
June 18-19 – Museum Staff Educational Field Trip (sama naman ako! Ha-ha.)

Fees are inclusive of admission to “Complicated.”

Schedules are subject to change. For inquiries and registration, please call Tina Modrigo at (02) 6312417 or send an email to

“Complicated” Exhibition runs from Feb. 21 to Aug. 2, 2014!

Lopez Museum & Library
Ground Floor, Benpres Bldg.
Exchange Road, Pasig City, Metro Manila
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