Honestly, though my line of work involves art exhibit-hopping every now and then, I have actually never been to the Yuchengco Museum. In fact...I didn't even know that the beautiful RCBC building houses an art museum.
Final Fantasy VIII sort of way.
Somehow, this shot reminds me of Salvador Dali's art. The architects' circular patterns sort of plays tricks on the eyes. How's that for visual communication? Hehe.
the Freeway tribute to National Artists.
Anyway, pictured here are the Chinese artifacts that the Yuchengcos have acquired. All these reside on the second floor.
Seng Guan Temple Binondo. I swear, China really deserves to be called the "Cradle of Civilization" because they have been well-rounded in both the arts and the sciences since time immemorial.
Below: Look at the details up close. My naked eyes couldn't actually see what the fuss was all about because the tusk was encased in glass. It was when I looked into Shin-Chan2's memory that I gasped at the intricacy of these carvings.
But I haven't seen a piece that is as well assembled as this.
This is a trip that I especially appreciate because I had been mostly exposed to contemporary art. I most definitely found myself awestruck at the sight of the works of earlier National Artists.
Aleth mentioned that her undergraduate degree in Communication Research helped her understand the various levels of visual communication involved in museums. I told her that the UP College of Arts and Letters, where she's taking her MA, can actually provide the most daunting academic challenges. It was a good thing that we have an edge, coming from UP-CMC's Communication Research department, which had been hailed CHED Center of Excellence. Still, the density of the historical artifacts a UP-CAL major has to contend with can literally make your nose bleed. Even for those with background in research.
Don't believe me? Pick up anything that Patrick Flores has written.
As for where we ate afterward...
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