Metropolitan Museum of Manila

  1. Food is always a part of a countries’ culture. It tells us what our ancestors eat and how they cook it.

Okay, this exhibition is really weird. From what I’ve seen, the art that was displayed there is “tainted” with other cultures. It’s just sad to see that we’ve lost our true culture. Most displays I saw has a sort of “spanish vibe” into it. I really can’t blame anyone since we’ve been captured by the Spaniards for so long. I really can’t relate it to our culture of cooking, dining and eating. Haha. But if you’re pertaining to post colonization, then, yeah. You can really see the clash between Filipino’s and Spain’s heritage. Is it a good thing or a bad thing? Well, my heart says no, but my tummy says yes.

2. Multimedia Arts is my course before. And after seeing these artworks, let me tell you, I’m kicking my own butt for shifting courses. I really don’t care about art before, let alone philippine art, but this is a really big eye opener. The way Filipinos turn their ideas into a solid object will really catch your attention. I can probably compliment this exhibition for days but, seeing that I only have 2 hours to finish this, let’s get right on the artworks.

On Focusing, Spacetime, and Parallax by Ian Carlo Jaucian

I’m sorry for the shitty picture. I think you can’t see it because of the glare. Anyway, this is On Focusing, Spacetime, and Parallax by Ian Carlo Jaucian. From my inexperience in art, I think it’s showing how diverse our country is. How different parts of our country shows different kinds of culture since our land is divided into 7000+ pieces.

Mother and Child by Solomon Saprid

I really like this one. I don’t know why though. If you look at it closely, it does resemble a mother holding a child. I think it’s made that way to show how “magulo” it is to handle one’s child. Either that or it’s just the artist’s style. Inexperience at it’s best.

Pasyong Bayan by Imelda Capije — Endaya

Okay, I really think that there’s no deep message in this artwork (that’s why I picked it hehehe) It just shows a large family huddled up in a bed. I really can’t see anymore deeper than that.

3. Now, this exhibition truly shows our culture and I’m glad to see that we still have some things from our past preserved in a museum. We can see that before the Spaniards came, we have a thriving life. And this exhibit shows that. We know how to make stuff. We know how to trade from other countries. It’s just cool to see that our ancestors knows stuff even before a foreign country enslaved us. I can’t put my thoughts in to words elegantly. Bottom line:

  • Our ancestors are “arts-ier” than me
  • We could’ve had a thriving lifestyle without being influenced by other countries
  • Spaniards took that away from us
  • It made me question myself “What could have our society looked like if we are not influenced by other countries?”

4. Okay, to be honest, I was in a hurry because I still have a class to attend to. I literally jogged my way through the exhibit (That’s why I only have three pictures hehe) But hey, the pdf didn’t tell me that I need to walk slowly, right?

Met Museum is, by far, more pleasant to look at compared to National Museum. The lighting, the way the artworks are displayed etc. I don’t know which one is newer though. Maybe that’s why they’re so different.

National Museum is boring. Not gonna lie. It needs a little more color. I think they need to hire Met Museum’s architect because they did one hell of a job.

Sooo yeah. Met Museum is good, National Museum is meh. I hope the next museum can beat the shit out of Met Museum’s design.

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