[Blueboard] 2017 Exhibition Program Launch | Tomorrow 8 February, Wednesday 6pm

Ateneo Art Gallery aag at ateneo.edu
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*by Jose Garcia Villa*

Curated by Jonathan Chua

presented in cooperation
with Rizal Library

*8 February to 28 August 2017*

*Photo: Jose Garcia Villa, Self portrait, 1949, graphite on paper, 21 x 15
cm, Rizal Library Collection*

Jose Garcia Villa (1908–97) is best known as a modernist poet in Philippine
literature whose experiments and audacity brought him both notoriety and
fame. Before he became a poet, however, he was a painter. He considered
painting his “first love” and actively painted and drew in the 1920s and
1930s. Tending to abstraction at a time when postcard prettiness was the
norm, Villa’s drawings and paintings stood apart from his contemporaries’,
just as his poems jolted literary circles. Whether as verses or as figures,
his lines were decidedly modern. While poetry eventually took precedence,
the visual arts remained a constant in Villa’s life and work—as
inspiration, influence, and self-expression.

On the occasion of the twentieth year of his death, “Lines: Pictures and
Poems by Jose Garcia Villa” exhibits a selection of his work as a visual
artist. In many cases, it illustrates the marriage of the visual arts and
poetry. The materials on display are taken from the Jose Garcia Villa
collection, donated to the Ateneo de Manila University by the Literary
Estate of Jose Garcia Villa in 2012 and deposited at the Rizal Library.

*AAG in Review:*
Bellarmine Hall (1960-1967)
Print and Drawing Room (1997-2005)

*8 February to 20 May 2017*

*Photo: (Top) AAG in Bellarmine Hall, 1960s; (Bottom) Roberto Chabet,
Untitled, 1965, India ink on collage, Gift of Fernando Zobel*
As Ateneo Art Gallery prepares to move to its new home in the Arete, it
looks back at its collection and the spaces it has occupied since its
foundation. *AAG in Review: The Bellarmine Hall (1960-1967)* will simulate
the way AAG looked in its first home in Bellarmine Hall, capturing its
aesthetics and the casual ambiance created by the museum's founder,
Fernando Zobel and first curator, Emmanuel "Eric" Torres. *Print and
Drawing Room (1997-2005)* will recreate the room that Professor Torres set
up when AAG moved to the ground floor of Rizal Library. There, students
were introduced to international artists such as Ben Shahn, Kathe Kollwitz
and Antonio Frasconi.

For more information, you may email us at aag at ateneo.edu or call us at

*Also Opening on 8 February, Wednesday 6pm:Ligalig: Art in a Time of
*featuring social realist works from the AAG collection*
8 February to 27 May 2017

*Shared Residence*
*a collaborative art project initiated by Poklong Anading *


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Ateneo de Manila University
Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights
Quezon City, Manila, Philippines 1108

Telephone: (632) 426.6001 ext. 4160 or (632) 426.6488
Fax: (632) 426.6488

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Saturday 8.00 AM - 6.00 PM
Closed on Sundays and Holidays


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