Inside the Pintô Art Museum

First of all, apologies for my poor photograph taking, hopefully some will do justice to the pieces and also  for not being able to tell you what artist did what. Due to the short nature of battery life over here, it’s take as many photos as you can and hope you get everything you want.  With that out of the way, welcome to eclectic creations of Filipino artists.

After yesterday’s post about exterior shots, it was time to enter the building.  Pintô means door in Tagalog, which is a fitting name for this place. As everything is subjective to the viewer’s perspective, it could mean a whole host of things both in the philosophical and artistic sense.

There are six spacious galleries – and assorted outside art pieces which are dedicated to showing off the talents and direction of Philippine art and it is a fascinating study.  It was well worth the hours we spent there, especially seeing the enthusiasm of our fellow explorers.

For an outsider, the specific interpretation that an artist is attempting to convey is beyond me at the moment, only having a basic knowledge of the history and culture of the country.  Thankfully (and unsurprisingly) I have some books on the subject and will be reading up on the particular circumstances of artists in an attempt to understand; especially with some of the more whimsical works on offer.

The collection also plays a large part in describing a direction in Philippine contemporary art through the figurative tradition. This tradition traces its roots in Spanish colonial and academic art in the 1800s by way of church art, but found its unique form through the influence of Modern Art in the years previous to and following World War 2. Works in the museum show how Filipino artists were able to fuse academic art formation with personal integrations of modernist persuasions such as Surrealism, Expressionism, Minimalism to Social Realism and Conceptual Art but with a vigilance in identity and rootedness. –

As with any art collection representing a country. the themes will no doubt be recognisable in some form, in a universal recognition of circumstance but will always remain uniquely native to that place.

There are plenty more pieces of art left to post about so hopefully you will join me in the next post for more.


20 Replies to “Inside the Pintô Art Museum”

    1. It is, I had no idea what it would be like but it was a relief for it not to be situated in Manila but in a place that gives a great view of that city. I have another two posts of the art coming soon and that’s not even covering close to half of what I saw.

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      1. “The schedule thing?” Yeah, I had one of those at the beginning of the week, but the wheels fell of after one day :/


        1. Mine managed to work but I remain suspicious of anything I have to rely on working for me. I rarely use the schedule, only if I promised to have a post out for a certain date and won’t be around to post due to some poorly planned reason!

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  1. Gosh, some amazing and fascinating work here. I can totally see how increased awareness of the back-story for these artists will enhance the viewing experience. As a starting point, though, I always think it is fine with any work of art to start with ‘how does this make me feel’ and work from there. I suspect you will enjoy visiting over and over again to make friends with this amazing place and its stories.


  2. Though some of the other paintings are more beautiful, I think none is more secretive and intriguing than the one with the five gentlemen skeletons sitting there making gestures like “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil,” or something. Any hint as to interpretation?


    1. There wasn’t one of those handy explanation plaques for this one, or indeed much of the art on show. I liked that painting so much, it had so much to it, I couldn’t help but think of the Latin American countries in this piece. The shared Spanishness of both is probably a big factor in that though.


    1. Yes, it is intriguing, I loved looking at it, it is a treasure trove for art lovers and photo takers. I will be posting some more after the weekend too because I am nice like that.

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    1. I thought this would be right up your street. The whitewashed outer walls were begging for some murals, I was hoping to see some, as I do everytime I go out but so far no success.

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