For contemporary art lovers the Ateneo Art Gallery is a ‘must see’ in Metro Manila. A museum of modern art of the Ateneo de Manila University and considered the first modern art museum in the Philippines, it is housed on the ground floor of the Rizal Library main building and serves as an art resource for the university community and the general public.
The Ateneo Art Gallery holds over 500 artworks that include paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, photographs and posters. The collection traces its roots to the late Fernando Zóbel de Ayala (1924-1984). Painter, art scholar and teacher at the Ateneo, Zóbel donated over 200 artworks to form a study collection for university students. First housed in Bellarmine Hall in 1961, it moved to the ground floor of Rizal Library in 1967, where it has remained since.
The Gallery’s fine prints and drawings consist of over 300 works by local and international artists from the Renaissance to the present. The etchings, engravings, woodcuts, lithographs and other graphic-arts media represent over 80 artists, including Rembrandt, Goya, Delacroix, Toulouse-Lautrec, Picasso, and Juvenal Sansó.
While the Fernando Zóbel bequest includes works of an earlier generation–notably Fernándo Amorsolo and Fabian de la Rosa–it consists of paintings mostly by key postwar modernists, especially those who had exhibited in the now legendary Philippine Art Gallery of the 1950s and 60s. The museum is open from Mondays to Saturdays with free entrance (from Wikipedia).
Long live Philippine contemporary art!