"Complicated" Exhibit: Art Appreciation at the Lopez Museum

All of us have our own artist within us. what differs is how we express and interpret what simply cannot be defined by words. People interpret Art differently based on what feelings transcend while appreciating Art. Art appreciation is having the knowledge, background, and understanding of the timeless qualities that comprise all works of art.

The Lopez Museum and Library is the oldest privately owned and publicly accessed museum and library in the country. It showcases Eugenio Lopez' fascination and inkling with our country's rich history. They have collected a vast amount of rare items and imprints dating back 17th century, materials from the Spanish and early American period, works of Rizal and other eminent author and printers.


The Lopez Museum and Library, in partnership with Tin-Aw art Gallery presents "Complicated" which features the works of guest artists Mike Adrao, Leslie de Chavez and Ea Torrado collocated with works by Juan Luna, Felix Resurrection Hidalgo, Juvenal Sanso, Bencab, and other artworks from the Lopez Museum collection. 

The theme "Complicated" is inspired with the relationship status "It's complicated", the undefined and complex relationship of the country with its colonial pasts (considering a lot of cultures have influenced us due to the occupation of several imperialists)

The Artists and Their Works

Leslie de Chavez finished his degree in Fine Arts major in painting with honors at UP . He was the prize winner of the Ateneo Art Awards in 2010 and have been awarded several residencies by International Art program in Leipzig, Germany; Neo Emerging Artists Residency in Seoul Korea; and Asian Artists Fellowship program in Korea. He has participated in several art fairs all over the world and now currntly represented by the Ariao Gallery in Seoul Korea.

Here are some of Leslie's notable works in the Lopez Museum:

The King (Oil on Canvas)

Not Everything that Glitters is Gold (Mixed Media)

State of your Liberty (Mixed Media)

Litanya ng tatlumpu't dalawang sumasampalataya (Mixed Media)


Mike Adrao completed his degree in Fine Arts major in Studio Arts at UP . He has held solo exhibits at Tin-aw Art Gallery, Project Space Pilipinas, and recently at this year's Southeast Asia Platform of Art Singapore. He has been awarded residency by NEAR Dangsang Seoul Korea and Project Space Pilipinas inMandaluyong. Hi works have been shown in several exhibits in Korea and Malaysi and now currently represented by Tin-Aw Gallery.


Here are some of Mike's notable Artwork in the Lopez Museum:

Infectious 02 (charcoal on paper)

Pillars 02 (charcoal on paper)


Ea Torrado is an independent contemporary dancer-choreographer. She has essayed principal and soloist roles in both classical and contemporary full length ballets and has toured extensively her and abroad with Ballet Manila, Ballet Philippins, and Dance Theater of Tennessee. She is also a ballet and contemporary teacher CCP dance school, Ballet Manila School and Asian American Performing Arts Society. In 2013, she independently produced, conceptualized and choreographed the dance theater production Dots.


Ea did an interpretative dance as Sisa and that can be seen in the video installation area. The dance lasted around 6 mins which depicts the confusion and a lot of emotions of a woman living in this chaotic world. The dance was good and felt heavy, as if your insides are in anguish.  

Here are other artworks that will surely catch your eye in the "Complicated" exhibit:

Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo's Full Study of Per Pacem et Libertatem (Charcoal and chalk on paper)

Jerry Elizalde Navarro's Manila Saw the Coming (Acrylic on canvas)

Juan Luna's Espanya y Filipinas (oil on canvas)

The Lopez Library is situated at the back portion of the museum which houses a lot of books and paperworks that is rich with our country's history and culture. One thing that caught our eye is a wall that comprises several images of the arts we've seen including some interesting images as well. 


It is your Do-it-yourself  History wall, wherein you can collate and show all interesting art and images that deem best fit to the story or interpretation you had in mind. 

"Complicated" will be opened from February 21- August 2 which will feature some talks from the featured artists. Head over the Lopez Museum and immerse yourself with our rich Filipino culture and of course, Appreciate Art.


Lopez Museum and Library 
G/F Benpress Building 
Exchange Road cor Meralco Ave
Ortigas Center, Pasig City
Open Mondays to Saturdays
8:00AM - 5:00PM
Contact Nos: 635-9545
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