IA#8: Museum Visit 3 (MCAD Manila)

MCAD Manila is located at the De La Salle-College of St. Benilde, School of Design and Arts Building. On the time that I visited this museum, they are featuring “Soil and Stones, Soul and Songs”. The artworks contained there portrays the different issues that we face today, and it also brings us the changing realities as we evolve in this world.

  1. Broken Baraha by Prabhakar Pachpute, 2016
Broken Baraha by Prabhakar Pachpute, 2016

As I went to the museum, this huge painting on the wall caught my attention. Words can’t exactly explain the powerful message behind this artwork. But by categorizing this masterpiece, this will fall under ‘Self and Society- Race, Gender, Class and Clan’. Looking at the details and representation on each of its parts, you can tell that we are already eaten by the society. People took advantage of its resources especially the nature that is freely given to us. We abuse animals to the point that others become extinct, and the map that the man simply tell us is that we are lost and broken.

2. Untitled by Mariana Castillo Deball, 2014

Mariana Castillo Deball, 2014

I categorize this artwork at ‘Self and Society- Mind and Body’, because this obviously shows a lot about us and represents on how we see ourselves. We used to be people who were insecure about ourselves, who were ashamed and confused. This mask tells us that we must not hide our true selves and show the feelings that have been lingering inside our soul for a long time.

3. Dear Hunter by Kawayan de Guia, 2015

Dear Hunter by Kawayan de Guia, 2015

This artwork will most likely fall under ‘ Self and Society- Nature’. It shows the experience and the evolution of the artist’s emotion. It complements the adventure and how unappealing events can be collaged perfectly. It tells a story about our origin or nature that we’ve been through, and the artworks itself convey screaming subjects that our eyes would lay on.

4. Tuguldur Yondonjamis by Fin Soup and Black Lemon, 2010

Tuguldur Yondonjamis- Fin Soup and Black Lemon, 2010

I categorize this painting of a huge and deadly looking creature under ‘Self and Society- Entertainment and Visual Culture’. I find this visually entertaining because this artwork makes me feel like I’m at an animal zoo, where in I examine and look at how these creatures behave in their natural habitat. With that perspective, I think that’s what the artists want to portray in creating this artwork. But by meticulously observing the painting, you can see that the sea creature doesn’t have its fins and tail, its been cut off. In that case, the artist wants to convey us a message about how we want animals to be, which is not dangerous and used as a thing for a daily need. We should change on how we see animals, and we should respect them on how they behave because that is who they really are.

5. Ferdinand as Malakas and Imelda as Maganda by Pio Abad, 2015

Ferdinand as Malakas by Pio Abad, 2015
Imelda as Maganda by Pio Abad, 2015

These two paintings represents ‘Self and Society- Glory of the Ruler’ because these people became an icon to the Filipinos today and “Malakas at Maganda” have been their characteristic. I can say that they are the perfect combination of a couple in all levels. They’ve shown different deeds, from having strong conviction and power from staying glamourous and artsy. They balance out each other and I think its beautiful. Ferdinand and Imelda will always have a place in our history, they’ve done many things that the Filipinos will always remember, may it be good or bad.

Overall, viewing the artworks at MCAD is entertaining and informative, in a way that it is related with us and in how we evolve in this world. It serves us a reflecting place because it let us remember the things that we used to have. What’s also great about it is that it shows the different origins of our own culture. I think its wonderful that it becomes our reminder, that the importance of it is to treasure the things that we have in the past that let us grow today.