“..the first gallery of contemporary art in the Philippines.”
White walls and a collection of art by Fernando Zobel which were donated before he moved back to Spain in the 60′s are the most recognizable traits of the Ateneno Art Gallery. This is the first gallery of contemporary art in the Philippines. The temporary exhibitions that feature temporary exhibitions of artists, art installations that crawl the building walls and other art exhibitions.
The flagship project, Ateneo Art Awards Exhibit, is held every August. This is aimed to recognize rising stars in the art sphere. But visiting the gallery on other days is also good. There is no admission fee to be paid thus, the Ateneo art Gallery is the perfect place to an enriching art experience.
There are over 500 artworks in the Ateneo Art Gallery. The artworks include prints, sculptures, drawings, paintings, photographs and posters. The collection traces roots to the late Fernando Zobel. He was a scholar and teacher at the Ateneo. He donated over 200 artworks intending these to become a study collection for students.
The fine prints and drawings consist of over 300 works by artists from the local to the international art scene. Engravings, etchings, lithographs, woodcuts and other graphic-arts media are works of over 80 artists especially those who are now considered legends of Philippine arts. Also included in the coveted names are Goya, Delacroix, Rembrandt, Picasso, Toulouse-Lautrec and Juvenal Sanso.
Fernando Zobel bequest the artworks of earlier generations such as Fernando Amorsolo and Fabian de la Rosa among others. Other postwar modern artists, especially those who had exhibited in the Philippine Art Gallery, are also part of it.
The gallery was first housed in 1961 at the Bellarmine Hall and was later moved to the ground floor of the Rizal Library in 1967. Through the years, there are other philanthropists and artists who followed the intiative of Zobel and donated works of art to the gallery. It is now known as the country’s most comprehensive collection of works by social realists in the 70′s and 80′s. There is also an existing acquisition program to represent the examples of today’s postmodern hybrid tendencies in the permanent collection.