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ZHANGZHOU WARE FOUND IN THE PHILIPPINES
FROM OUR BOOKS & GIFTS CORNER:
ZHANGZHOU WARE CATALOGUE
POETRY IN FUNCTION
CORDILLERA SUITE
HOLIDAY SCHEDULE
COMING SOON:
THE WORLD IN PAINTING
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ZHANGZHOU WARE FOUND IN THE PHILIPPINES

Vase with floral design
Dragon Gallery
Ongoing until April 5, 2008

Chinese tradeware ceramics played a significant role in the 16th and 17th centuries, when the new European market was founded and the foreign trade ban in the Ming dynasty lifted. As Europe became the focus of China's largest ceramic producers, other kilns—such as those from the Zhangzhou district of Fujian province—produced more rustic ware to meet the demand of old customers in Asia.

Zhangzhou Ware Found in the Philippines showcases 125 pieces of Zhangzhou-created ware, and illustrates the variety of ceramics exported to the Philippines at the time. Also featured are monochrome and polychrome pieces, as well as images and artifacts from the San Diego and San Isidro shipwrecks. The exhibit is jointly organized with the Oriental Ceramic Society of the Philippines.

FROM OUR BOOKS & GIFTS CORNER:
ZHANGZHOU WARE CATALOGUE
By Rita C. Tan

24 x 28 cm, 192 pages, Full color, Soft cover
Published by ArtPostAsia
PhP 2,000

Written by eminent porcelain expert, Oriental Ceramic Society of the Philippines President, and guest curator Rita Tan, Zhangzhou Ware Found in the Philippines illustrates the range of shapes and designs of Zhangzhou ware shipped to the Philippines during the Ming dynasty. The catalogue also substantiates historical accounts of the Philippines being one of the thriving markets of China's ceramic trade in the late Ming period.

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POETRY IN FUNCTION: A GLIMPSE AT CONTEMPORARY FILIPINO POTTERY

Jon Pettyjohn, Mountain
and Round Vase
Alcove Gallery
Ongoing until January 16, 2008

In contrast to Zhangzhou Ware Found in the Philippines, Poetry in Function highlights 15 pieces of studio pottery by artist-potters Jaime de Guzman, Jon Pettyjohn, Lanelle Abueva-Fernando, Ugu Bigyan, and Hadrian Mendoza.

Contemporary potters in the Philippines have been few but highly versatile in their output. Created for functional use or for expressing artistic sensibility, their works have evolved to sophisticated, elegant pieces that merge aesthetics and practicality. Poetry in Function is organized as part of the museum's Design as Art, Art as Design series.

CORDILLERA SUITE: HOMAGE TO APO BEN

Jojo Elmeda, Nostalgia

Cone Room, Bridgeway Gallery and Foyer
Ongoing until January 16, 2008

Cordillera Suite is an exhibit tribute to National Artist Benedicto "Bencab" Cabrera which traces the inspiration he drew from and gave to his adopted art community in the Cordilleras. The exhibit focuses on new works by six young Cordilleran artists—Leonard Aguinaldo, Ged Alangui, Jojo Elmeda, Jordan Mang-osan, Rishab, and John Frank Sabado—who look up to a mentor and master they call "Apo Ben." Also on view are upland-inspired paintings and etchings by the National Artist.

Since 1986, Bencab has made Baguio his home, embracing all of Cordilleran culture. His international stature, contemporary style, and easygoing personality fuelled the Cordillera art community to interaction. With other Baguio artists, Bencab helped establish the Baguio Arts Guild, Tam-awan Village, and Café By the Ruins—communities, hubs, and watering holes that have become institutions in their own right.

HOLIDAY SCHEDULE
Planning a visit to the museum this Christmas? We are open from Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; but please note that we are closed on the following holidays:

  • Dec. 24, Monday (Christmas Eve)
  • Dec. 25, Tuesday (Christmas Day)
  • Dec. 31, Monday (New Year's Eve)
  • Jan. 1, Tuesday (New Year's Day)


  • COMING SOON:
    THE WORLD IN PAINTING

    John Citizen, Interior
    (Grey Couch)
    Cone Room, Bridgeway Gallery, and Foyer
    January 23 - February 13, 2008


    Presented by the Australian Embassy Manila in celebration of Australia Day, The World in Painting will showcase works by nine of Australia's leading painters: John Citizen, Amanda Davies, Diena Georgetti, Raafat Ishak, Boxer Milner Tjampitjin, James Morrison, Clinton Nain, Nancy Naninurra Napanangka, and Lizzy Newman. Positioning urban and indigenous artists side by side, the exhibit will profile the diversity of contemporary Australian painting, as seen in their works.

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