'El Prado Project: Dialogue with the Masters' at Ayala Museum
() - April 19, 2010 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines - The influence of a master’s painting to that of its audience can be overwhelming, especially for contemporary visual artists who looks at the works of old masters as sources of inspiration and creation. A number of local contemporary artists were invited to create works that interpret or re-visualize selected masterpieces in the collection of Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid, Spain in the upcoming exhibition at the Ayala Museum, “El Prado Project: Dialogue with the Masters.” Focusing on the paintings by Diego Velasquez; Francisco Goya, Francisco Zurbaran, and El Greco, a dialogue between new and recent works by Filipino artists with the iconic works in the venerable museum was initiated.

Participating artists include Ambie Abano, Buen Abrigo, Gus Albor, Virgilio Aviado, Pablo Baen Santos, Jun Balasbas, Cesar Caballero, Valeria Cavestany, Kidlat de Guia, Gig de Pio, Ramon Diaz, Ferdinand Doctolero, Igan D’Bayan, Noell El Farol, Isa Lorenzo, Mervy Pueblo, Dan Raralio, Roberto Robles, Maria Victoria “Mav” Rufino, Jose Tence Ruiz, Emmanuel Santos, Jonahmar Salvosa, Gerardo Tan, Steve Tirona, Wire Tuazon, Betsy Westendorp, Carmen Brias Westendorp and select students from the fine arts department of University of the Philippines.

“El Prado Project: Dialogue with the Masters” is organized in partnership with the Embassy of Spain in collaboration with Museo Nacional del Prado, Spain with the participation of contemporary Spanish and Filipino artists. Curated by Ken Esguerra, Ayala Museum senior curator and Cesar Caballero, the exhibition opens to the public on April 23.

Curators’ talk is set on May 5 at the Ground Floor Gallery of Ayala Museum.

The exhibition is on view until May 16. For details, call 757-7117 to 21 local 28 or visit www.ayalamuseum.org.

Ayala Museum is at the corner of Makati Ave. and De la Rosa St., Greenbelt Park, Makati City.

AMBIE ABANO AYALA MUSEUM BETSY WESTENDORP BUEN ABRIGO CARMEN BRIAS WESTENDORP CESAR CABALLERO DAN RARALIO DIEGO VELASQUEZ EL GRECO EL PRADO PROJECT MUSEO NACIONAL
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