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“The Jesuits, the Salon and Uncle Sam: The Art of the Philippines” – (online only)
Wed 24th February @ 7:30 pm
Lecture: “The Jesuits, the Salon and Uncle Sam: The Art of the Philippines”
by Vivienne Lawes
The Philippines has a rich and well-established fine art tradition, introduced in the 18th century by resident Spanish Jesuits to provide religious imagery for the devout, and propaganda for the not-so-devout. In the 19th century, Filipino artists working within the Western tradition, such as Juan Luna (1857-1899) and Felix Resurrecion Hidalgo (1855-1913), achieved success in the Salons of Europe, a direct result of access to formal art education at the new art schools of the Philippines. The turn of the century saw American colonisation and led to a hybrid modernism in the artistic culture of the 20th century. Today that culture has resulted in some of the most exciting contemporary art in Southeast Asia. This lecture will include a discussion of some of the leading figures in the Philippine art world, with whom the speaker has worked directly as a curator.