Friday, May 22, 2009

Rediscovering Romeo Tabuena

location : Ayala Museum

Presented in partnership with the Filipino Heritage Festival and the Philippine Embassy in Mexico, the exhibit is part of the annual celebration of National Heritage Month.

“Rediscovering Romeo Tabuena: The Later Work” re-presents the works of Tabuena, who, since the 1950s, has settled in San Miguel de Allendre, Mexico.

Tabuena was born in Iloilo City in 1921. He was one of the pioneering artists who was part of the Philippine Art Gallery (PAG) which opened in 1951. The PAG was an institution that played an important role in the development of the Philippine art scene from the 1950s to 1969 when it closed its doors. It was also in this gallery where Tabuena, together with the postwar Neorealist group — Vicente Manansala, HR Ocampo, Cesar Legaspi, Victor Oteyza, Anita Magsaysay-Ho, and Nena Saguil — found a home with their groundbreaking works.

Tabuena’s works were constantly exhibited and were very saleable in this gallery. Most of these artists were later to be recognized as National Artists by the Philippine government.

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