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2019_Living Earth: Contemporary Philippine Art
Pintô International presents Living Earth: Contemporary Philippine Art which features the works of over 25 contemporary Philippine artists. The exhibition seeks to bridge the distinct yet interconnected national histories of the Philippines and Italy, creating a dialogue of artistic exchange around humanistic themes: homeland, migration, identity. The exhibition will be on view from May 6-May 12 at Milan’s cultural organization MAC. The exhibition is co-curated by Luca Beatrice, curator of the 2009 Italian Pavilion of the Biennale di Venezia, and Patrick D. Flores, Artistic Director for the forthcoming 2019 Singapore Biennale and formerly the curator of the 2015 Philippine Pavilion of the Biennale di Venezia.
As a point of departure, this exhibition begins with the work of Leon Pacunayen (b. 1934), a Perugia-based Philippine artist who immigrated to Italy in the 1960s. “Mountains that hug the earth, skies that are open, and clouds that float.” These are the words used to describe Pacunayen’s sensitive watercolors by gallerist Lyd Arguilla, who in the sixties in Manila founded the Philippine Art Gallery, then the country’s nerve-center of modernism. Pintô International’s exhibition in Milan acknowledges Pacunayen’s artistic contributions, and seeks to reveal the lingering conversation between Pacunayen and Philippine contemporary art. This dialogue encompasses many territories both within and beyond the Philippine national border and brings to light the pervading global influence of Italianate artistic technique. Pacunayen’s moody, atmospheric approach to painting, and his somber palette, can be identified in much Philippine art today yet also adopts the technical lineage of sfumato and chiaroscuro pioneered as early as the Italian Renaissance.
Living Earth: Contemporary Philippine Art
May 6 - 12, 2018
A group exhibition featuring works by MARINA CRUZ and RODEL TAPAYA
presented by Pintô International
VENUE: MAC (Musica Arte e Cultura), piazza Tito Livio Caro 1, Milan, Italy