Midterm Project: Ayala Museum

“Kuya nasa tapat na po ako ng building” — Kuya Grab with a 5 star rating.
Trying to get the perfect angle for a cute selfie

That’s what I received upon getting a booking using the Grabtaxi app.

The Ayala musuem wasn’t that far away as it seems.

There are different routes that you can take going to Ayala Musuem, well for me, I took the expensive route.

The cheap route or the economic route you’ll take (I did this before and it is an adventure of a lifetime) was to:

Take a jeepney from Taft Avenue going to Buendia.

Take a bus going to Ayala Avenue.

Drop by at the Makati Avenue bus stop.

Lastly, walk towards Ayala Museum (It is in Greenbelt 3).

The other route that I took was tthe most easiest and chillest route, book a grab. Let the driver stress all the routes to take, streets to cross, intersections to pass while going to Ayala Museum.

Upon arriving, there’s this confusion that I experienced that activated my inner Schrödinger’s cat paradox, wether the museum is closed or opened, or maybe it is both closed and opened. My Schrödinger’s cat questioning has come to an end when I asked a cafe staff (It was Museum Cafe I think?) if the museum is already available, luckily it is.

Ticket from Ayala Museum

I was greeted by the museum staff upon entering the museum, they charged Php 250 for adults, while for students and senior citizens, an amount of P150 will be charged.

The museum showcase the works of Fernando Zóbel de Ayala y Montojo, a Filipino painter known for his abstract and realist paintings, and also the large collection of gold artifacts from pre-colonial Filipinos that are tightly secured in the musuem, ancient burial urns, pots, and antique Chinese plates. Sadly, the mentioned galleries are not allowed to be photographed.

The museum also shows the timeline of the Philippine history physically by showing major events from our history illustrated by figurines. From the earliest recorded stone age cavemen up to the present timeline.

Models of Galleon being shown in the Philippine history gallery.

Luckily, there’s a gallery where I can take pictures.

This is the gallery of:

Natee Utarit message upon entering

As I enter the gallery of Natee Utarit, the ALTAR PIECES, there’s this feeling like you’re entering a cathedral where gigantic religious paintings but in the gallery, still quite different.

The theme of the artist like it was inspired by religious renaissance paintings but with a modern twist. Comparing it from the other galleries in the museum that I entered, this gallery is different. Different in a way that it shows more image than the minimalistic like theme in the earlier galleries.

This work of Natee Utarit caught my eye,

WHEN ADAM DELVED AND EVE SPAN, WHO WAS THEN THE GENTLEMEN by Natee Utarit, Oil on Canvas

The title of the painting is WHEN ADAM DELVED ADN EVE SPAN, WHO WAS THEN THE GENTLEMEN. It’s attention catcher because of its nudity content but as I’m intrigued to the message that the artists want us to tell. The painting is so large that I have to use panorama mode of my phone’s camera.

The title of the painting was greatly inspired by some lines from a sermon of a Priest, Fr. John Ball, adressing the rebels of the Peasant’s Revolt.

The artist might want to say to the viewers that theres not state of absolute purity or a level of hierarchy towards the opposite sex. It shows that Adam (the man) is digging, while Eve (the women) is sewing, hence, the fact that they’re both working, the sense of hierarchy is absent.

THE ANNUNCIATION by Natee Utarik, oil on canvas

This painting above, also caught my attention because it is a combination of Christianity and Budhism.

Natee used The Annunciation as a reference for her painting. The artist want to say to the viewers that during these events, The Annunciating and Pang Perd Lok (for the thai budhist), that the divine intent is made known to the world. This painting is the visual depiction of Heaven, Hell, and Earth. The artist wants to tell us that which path we’ll choose to walk towards at the present moment, how do we know which is the path to heaven and which is the road to hell?

L’enfer, c’est les autres by Natee Utarik, oil on canvas

The title from this painting caught my attention, it’s controversial for a common Filipino that have a strong faith towards the divine being. The title was gotten from the famous line in Jean Paul Satre’s existentialist play, No Exit: Hell is other people.

The painting wants to tell us that the modern world is turning away from the gods of the past. That Religions nowadays are turning into warzones for a different perspective of belief. In the painting, we can see that the angels are leaving that it symbolised that our faith nowadays are slowly fading. That we no longer need these gods of the past.

There’s also another gallery that is open for photographs,

This gallery showcased the different everyday objects that have sentimental value for other people.

Cancelled Flight by Bon Bario L. Benito, crowd sourced.

The artworks shows the different times that their flights are cancelled hence also different dramas of their lovelife.

The artist might want to tell us that there are different times that time will disappoint us. Coincidence? maybe, but it shows that what ever cancelations you’l face. Don’t give up!

Letters by Jose Augustus Villano, crowd sourced.

The artist wants to tell us that love, it is painful for someone who’ll have to do it long distance even though love has no distance. He wants to share the feeling of sorrow as he’s leaving his lover.

The audience of the gallery are foreigners, that they’re on tour. Everything that I can say from the experience as I checked on different artworks in Ayala Museum is amazing. Amazing that it’s very different from the National Museum because the galleries here have a modern touch.

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