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The Metropolitan Museum of Manila at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas building on Roxas Boulevard is celebrating its ruby anniversary with “Forty” an exhibit that sprawls across the two Ground Floor Galleries, showing all of the MET’s collections.


Before the museum hits another landmark year, how about we try and learn more about it? Below are seven little things:

1. Intended to be a venue for international art exhibits, the Metropolitan Museum of Manila opened its doors on Oct 3, 1976.

2. Its inaugural exhibition featured paintings and sculptures by Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee, and Andy Warhol, starting a series of international exhibitions exposing Filipinos to foreign art.

3. National Artist Arturo Luz is the museum’s founding director.

4. Those striking minimalist benches at the Tall Galeires? They were designed by none other than Arturo Luz.

5. In 1986, the MET shifted its direction. From being a venue for international exhibitions, it became a space highlighting historic, pre-colonial period Gold and Pottery collections and colonial Hispanic Art pieces of the BSP.

6. Artworks by female artists make up 40 percent of the MET collections. Among them are Ann Pamintuan sculptures, pieces by Brenda Fajardo, Anna Fer, Nena Saguil, Impy Pilapil, an undated terracotta sculpture by Julie Lluch, and Paz Abad Santos.

7. The MET has hosted more than 400 exhibitions in 40 years. The museum, in fact, is bracing for its first major show for January 2017, a Ronald Ventura mid-career retrospective.

[H/T Manila Bulletin]


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