Alliance Française presents Aguilar Alcuaz

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An undated bronze bust of the artist

An undated bronze bust of the artist

Alliance Française de Manille (AFM), with the support of the National Museum and the Embassy of France, unveiled a special exhibit on June 1 entitled, Aguilar Alcuaz: A picturesque journey in Europe. On view    at the, the show will run until June 30.

This exhibition is a opportunity to invite some of the most brilliant Filipinos and French people, who like Alcuaz, have been decorated by the French government in the past decades, thanks to their achievement and their engagement.

Since Federico Aguilar Alcuaz had been proclaimed National Artist for Visual Arts, Painting, Sculpture, and Mixed Media in 2009, there has never been an exhibition on his works. AFM, with the support of the National Museum and the Embassy of France, is the first institution to organize an exhibition on Alcuaz since then.

This exhibition is an opportunity to celebrate one of the most relevant and prolific artists of art history as well as one of the most awarded in the Philippines. By traveling extensively during his career, Aguilar Alcuaz has contributed in creating a cultural bridge between the Philippines and the European countries that he has been in. As a multifaceted and curious artist, he worked with many different media like painting, ceramics, tapestry, sculpture, and drawing but also with many themes: portraits, landscapes, cities skylines, still-life, and so on.


The ambition of this show is to explore the works Aguilar Alcuaz had produced in France, Spain, Germany, and the Czech Republic from 1955 to the mid-1980s. It is organized in four sections representing each country.

The Alliance Total Gallery is located at Alliance Française de Manille, 209 Nicanor Garcia St., Bel-Air II, Makati City.  There will be a short lecture on June 23, at 10 a.m. at the Alliance Auditorium, to be presented by Christian Aguilar, son of Federico Aguilar Alcuaz.

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