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BenCab Exhibit at Lopez Museum: Frames of Reference

As part of the celebration of national artist Benedicto Cabrera, popularly know as BenCab, fifty years of practice, Lopez Museum is holding a exhibition called Frames of Reference starting April 23.  This is a part of a series of multi-sited exhibitions and events to show the public BenCab’s works.

Frames of Reference gives a glimpse into Ben Cab’s life and art practice during the late 1960s onwards, while living and exhibiting abroad and his eventual return to the Philippines for good. In addition to his works, the exhibition is an intimate look into the artist, the lover, the family man, the bibliophile and a collector.

One of the highlights, is a never before exhibited Ben Cab’s art-books. These small scrapbook-like compilations of collages (clippings and cut-outs), drawings and sketches interspersed with his handwriting; prominently feature his love for nostalgia, handmade paper, and bookbinding.

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There is also a  diaristic presentation of his aesthetics, letters, mementos and other keepsake.

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The hand-crafted books show the early studies and iterations of some of his most important series of works: Sabel, Larawan and Japanese Women (ukiyo-e). Also included in the exhibition are early folios of prints he was a part of, along with other Filipino and foreign artists.
The Lopez Museum and Library is also proud to exhibit three works from its own collection,
including the iconic Soldiers (Heroes of the Past IV), 1998.

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One of the books in the exhibit that I found interesting was BenCab’s Rock Sessions. It’s compilation of his portraits of famous/rising rock musicians during the 80s & 90s.

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Frames of Reference is curated by Dannie Alvarez and is co-presented by Bencab Art Foundation; Sureste Properties, Inc.; Samsung Electronics Philippines Corp. (SEPCO), technology partner; and Gourmet Farms Inc.,  public programs partner.
Lopez Museum and Library is located at the G/F Benpres Bldg., Meralco cor. Exchange Rd., Ortigas Center, Pasig City.  Museum and library hours are 8-5pm Mondays through Saturdays except Sundays and holidays.

Frames of References exhibit is from 23 April to 04 July, 2015.


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