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Retablo (18th Century)

The gallery I (Luis I. Ablaza Hall) of the National Museum features various religious arts from
the 17th to 19th centuries, including a National Cultural Treasure, a retablo (altar piece) from the
Church of San Nicolas de Tolentino in Dimiao, Bohol.

Security Bank Hall


The works of National Artist Guillermo E. Tolentino, who dominated Filipino sculpture
in the 1920s to 1970s, are displayed at Gallery XII (Security Bank Hall) in the
National Museum. Tolentino was also the sculptor of the Bonifacio Monument in
Caloocan City and the Oblation statue of the University of the Philippines.

Cubist paintings by Vicente S. Manansala.


The Philippine-American General Life Insurance Company (Philam Life)
commissioned Vicente S. Manansala in the 1960s to create seven large paintings for
its building in U.N. Avenue, Ermita, Manila. This collection of amazing cubist
paintings are now displayed at Gallery XXV (Philam Life Hall) in the National
Museum of the Philippines.

Dr.Jose Rizal
At Gallery V of the National Museum is a homage to Dr. Jose Rizal, a Filipino National
Hero, patriot, novelist and poet. The gallery honors Rizal, who was also a skilled
artist. A visit to the gallery will give you an opportunity to see his drawing of the
view of Gendarmenmarkt from his 1886 visit to Berlin, his sculptures Bust of Ricardo
Carnicero, San Pablo Ermitano, Oyang Dapitana, and Mothers Revenge, a declared
National Cultural Treasure.

Spoliarium by Juan Luna Y Novicio


The Spoliarium by Juan Luna Y Novicio is one of the most famous and precious
paintings in the Philippines. At 4.22 meters x 7.675 meters dimension, it is also the
largest painting in the country. The painting was made by Luna in 1884 as an entry
to the prestigious Exposicion de Bellas Artes (Madrid Art Exposition, May 1884)
where it won the First Gold Medal. The painting is displayed across El Asesinato del
Gobernador Bustamante (The Assassination of Governor Bustamante) painting by
Flix Resurreccin Hidalgo at the Old House of Representatives Session Hall in
National Museum.

SOUTH HALLWAY GALLERIES


Philippine Abstraction from the 1960s to 1980s
Highlighted in this exhibition are two burlap paintings from the Manila International
Airport Authority (MIAA) Collection, Arrival and Departure, by National Artist Arturo
Luz (b. 1926). The paintings were exhibited in Terminal 1 of the Ninoy Aquino
International Airport from 1980 to 2011.

GALLERY XIV
Pillars of Philippine Modernism(1)
This gallery features modern Philippine art from the 1920s to 1970s. Modernism in
the country was spearheaded by Victorio C. Edades (1895-1985), who was deeply
influenced by his studies and exposure to the style in the United States. The art
featured in this gallery include paintings by National Artist Victorio C. Edades,
German Icarangal, Nestor Leynes, Diosdado Lorenzo, Anita Magsaysay-Ho, Galo
Ocampo, Ricarte Puruganan, Manuel Rodriguez, Sr., Nena Saguil, Juvenal Sanso and
Romeo Tabuena; as well as sculptures by National Artist Napoleon V. Abueva, Jose
Alcantara and Federico Estrada.

Art Prints from the Archives of the Royal Botanical Garden in Madrid

In the mid-1700s, Spanish pharmacologist and botanist Juan Jos de Cullar


commissioned Filipino artists to make drawings of Philippine plants that he had
collected from his field work in Luzon. The drawings were kept in the archives of the
Royal Botanical Garden in Madrid for over a century, and were rediscovered in 1988
by researcher Maria Belen Baas Llanos. In 1996, the Spanish government gifted a
special copy of the collection to the Philippines, presented by King Juan Carlos I of
Spain to President Fidel V. Ramos. The collection now hangs in this gallery.

Homage to Dr. Jos Rizal


This gallery honors Dr. Jos P. Rizal (1861-1896), known widely for his patriotism and
acclaimed novels Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo. Displayed here are several
portrait busts and paintings of Rizal by eminent Filipino artists from the early to mid
20th century, such as Isabelo Tampinco, Graciano Nepomuceno, Guillermo Tolentino
and Martino Abellana. A prominent doctor and writer, Rizal was also a skilled artist.
Included in this gallery is his drawing of the view of Gendarmenmarkt from his 1886
visit to Berlin, as well as his sculptures Bust of Ricardo Carnicero, San Pablo
Ermitano, Oyang Dapitana, and Mothers Revenge, a declared National Cultural

GALLERY XXV (Philam Life Hall)


Pillars of Philippine Modernism (8)
In the 1960s, the Philippine-American General Life Insurance Company (Philam Life)
commissioned Vicente S. Manansala (1910-1981) to create seven large paintings for
its building in UN Avenue, Ermita, Manila. This set of rural-themed, cubist paintings
from the Philam Life Collection are now on loan to the National Museum for the
public to enjoy.7

Kiss of Judas
This religious and historical backdrop is essential in the understanding and deeper
appreciation of the work Kiss of Judas by National Artist for Sculpture, Napoleon
Veloso Abueva. It was created in 1955 when Abueva, at the age of twenty-six, went
to study at the Cranbrook Academy of Arts, under a Smith-Mundt and Fulbright
scholarship grant. It was declared First Prize and Purchase Prize in the sculpture
division of the 4th Religious Art Exhibition and Competition in Detroit, Michigan.
(Indeed, the Filipino sculptor was to continue to prove his mettle when, after the
Cranbrook stint, he went to further his studies at the University of Kansas, where he
would win once again the Purchase Prize for his elegantly sleek marble sculpture of
a carabao, titled Water Buffalo.)

President Manuel Roxas


The President Manuel A. Roxas bronze statue at the National Art Gallery of the
National Museum of the Philippines. (Photo courtesy of Ms. Cheng Bigay,
PCDSPO)aniversary of President Manuel Roxas, the President Manuel A. Roxas
Foundation donated the Roxas Statue to the National Museum in a solemn turnover
ceremony that was held today, on April 15, 2016 at the Old Legislative Building. The
statue was installed in the entrance hall of the edifice, subsequently renamed as the
Roxas Hall.

Dr. Jose Rizal


This gallery is dedicated to Dr. Jos Rizal, our National Hero. It holds some of his
drawings and sculptures, as well as some of the portrait paintings and busts of Rizal
by known Filipino artists.