In this issue:

LAST CHANCE TO SEE CORDILLERA SUITE
FROM OUR BOOKS & GIFTS CORNER:
TABAYAG: LIME CONTAINERS OF THE CORDILLERAS
LAST CHANCE TO SEE POETRY IN FUNCTION
THE WORLD IN PAINTING OPENS ON JAN. 23
ZHANGZHOU WARE TALK & TOUR ON FEB. 9
JANUARY SHUI MO WORKSHOP FULLY BOOKED
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LAST CHANCE TO SEE
CORDILLERA SUITE: HOMAGE TO APO BEN

Bencab, Now I Have Two
Names

Cone Room, Bridgeway Gallery and Foyer
Ongoing until January 16

Don't miss your last chance to see Cordillera Suite, featuring contemporary works by young Cordilleran artists Leonard Aguinaldo, Jojo Elmeda, Jordan Mang-osan, Rishab, and John Frank Sabado.

The tribute to National Artist for Visual Arts Benedicto "Bencab" Cabrera traces the inspiration Bencab drew from and gave to his adopted art community in the Cordilleras. Also on view are 13 highland-inspired paintings and etchings by the National Artist. Other items on display include Bencab's collection of lime containers which accompany Wig Tysmans' photographs of the collection as featured in the book Tabayag: Lime Containers of the Cordilleras.

FROM OUR BOOKS & GIFTS CORNER:
TABAYAG: LIME CONTAINERS OF THE CORDILLERAS
Introduction by Floy C. Quintos
Photography by Wig Tysmans

20 x 27 cm, 199 pages, Full color, Hard cover
Published by Bencab Art Foundation
PhP 2,800

Featuring Bencab's collection of over a hundred lime containers, Tabayag not only sheds light on this vanishing craft, but gives the artisans who make these works of functional art the recognition they deserve. Wig Tysmans captures the sheer beauty and unique character of each of the pieces in 200 color photos. Floy Quintos writes an elegant introduction on the practice of betel nut chewing. Bencab himself contributes an essay on his passion for collecting. Each of the pieces featured in this book is an expression of the genius of the Cordillera people, and a work of genuine Filipino art.

Visit our Books & Gifts Corner or call us at 889-1234 for more titles. Proceeds from book sales will go to the Bencab Art Foundation.

LAST CHANCE TO SEE
POETRY IN FUNCTION:
A GLIMPSE AT CONTEMPORARY FILIPINO POTTERY

Hadrian Mendoza, Butterfly
Alcove Gallery
Ongoing until January 16

Poetry in Function closes on January 16, Wednesday—visit soon and catch this intriguing exhibit before it's too late! The exhibit highlights 15 pieces of studio pottery by artist-potters Jaime de Guzman, Jon Pettyjohn, Lanelle Abueva-Fernando, Ugu Bigyan, and Hadrian Mendoza.

Created for functional use or for expressing artistic sensibility, the works of today's potters have evolved to sophisticated, elegant pieces that merge aesthetics and practicality. Poetry in Function is presented alongside Zhangzhou Ware Found in the Philippines and as part of the museum's Design as Art, Art as Design series.

THE WORLD IN PAINTING OPENS ON JAN. 23

Amanda Davies, Along the
top and down the left
are the measurable
or observable qualities
Cone Room, Bridgeway Gallery and Foyer
January 23 - February 13

Opening on January 23, The World in Painting showcases works by nine of Australia's leading painters: Gordon Bennett, Amanda Davies, Diene Georgetti, Raafat Ishak, Boxer Milner Tjampitjin, James Morrison, Clinton Nain, Nancy Naninurra Napanangka, and Lizzy Newman. The exhibit explores current modes of painting by a number of Australian artists, both urban and indigenous. The show also offers a perspective into how Australian artists from a range of generations and locations are painting their worlds.

The World in Painting is an Asialink/Heide Museum of Modern Art touring exhibit presented by the Australian Embassy Manila in celebration of Australia Day.

ZHANGZHOU WARE TALK & TOUR ON FEB. 9

Dish with standing phoenix
with peony and bamboo
Cone Room
February 9, Saturday, 10:30 a.m.


Join Rita Tan, guest curator and President of The Oriental Ceramic Society of the Philippines, for a talk on the circumstances behind the creation of this sought-after ceramic. The unique traits of Zhangzhou ware will also be explored. Following the talk, Rita Tan will lead a special guided tour of the exhibit Zhangzhou Ware Found in the Philippines.

Rita Tan is an independent researcher on Chinese trade wares ranging from the 10th to 17th centuries. She is currently curating the Villanueva collection of Chinese and Southeast Asian trade wares at the Ayala Museum, and the Ceramic Gallery of Kaisa Heritage Center.

Zhangzhou ware was produced amidst a dramatic era in China: the 200-year trade ban of the Ming Dynasty was lifted, and European colonial powers looking for spices discovered the flourishing trade. As China's largest ceramic kilns catered to the new, affluent European market, smaller kilns—like those from the Zhangzhou district of Fujian province—supplemented the demand of loyal Asian customers.

Free with museum admission. For more details, call Elma Abrina at 889-1234.

JANUARY SHUI MO WORKSHOP FULLY BOOKED

Thank you for your interest in our January Shui Mo (Water and Ink): Traditional Chinese Painting Workshops. We've received an enthusiastic response, and we will start a new batch of sessions later in the year.

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