• ‘Mabini Art’ exhibit opens at CCP


    ‘Market Vendor’ (oil on canvas, undated) by Salvador “Bading” Cabrera

    THE Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) presents the first in-depth exhibition on “Mabini Art,” a genre in Philippine painting that developed in the 1950’s.

    The Mabini Art Movement opened on November 28 at the Bulwagang Juan Luna Main Gallery and will run until February 23 next year. Besides the exhibit, a seminar titled “A Curator’s Talk” will be held on January 24 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the CCP along Roxas Blvd., Manila.

    The exhibit identifies with artists who opened their own stores along Mabini Street in Ermita, Manila. The label eventually acquired a derogatory meaning particularly for its highly commercial nature.

    The exhibit curated by Dr. Pearl Tan looks into the roots of the conservative school propagated by artists from the past, who were taught using the academic style at the University of the Philippines School of Fine Arts.

     ‘Rural Road’ (oil on canvas, 1953) by Gabriel Custodio

    ‘Rural Road’ (oil on canvas, 1953) by Gabriel Custodio

    Tan’s research identified three generations of artists who developed styles and modes of practice that make Mabini Art a distinct genre and movement in Philippine painting.

    Featured artists include Gabriel Custodio, Miguel Galvez, Cesar Buenaventura, Serafin Serna, Simon Saulog, Salvador “Bading” Cabrera, Paco Gorospe, Roger San Miguel, Rudy Enhambre, and Tony Leriorato. The exhibit feature works borrowed from private collectors as well as institutional collections such as the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, UP Vargas Museum, and Clark Museum.

    The CCP Main Gallery is open on Tuesdays to Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. except on holidays. For more information, contact the CCP Visual Arts and Museum Division at 832-3702 or 832-1125 loc. 1504.


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    1. We would like to know more about Jim Pinon and Alfred Buenoventura. We have paintings that are more than 40 years old which we believe are these artists’ works. Regards, Mary