Culture and Development

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byCassie Cheng

This 2012, the Yuchengco Museum adds a new direction in positioning all its exhibitions, events, and activities to support culture as a main pillar in national development.

Part of the search for and scholarly debate over Filipino national identity, and the seeming dearth of values in mass media and pop culture, stem from the fact that information about who we are, what we are about, and what we are expressing—is lacking. And this is what culture is all about.

Our exhibitions are inspired by the creative industries to highlight design. Our Culture and Media writing workshops aim to provide writers and journalists not only skills and training, but a deeper understanding of culture so they can help disseminate information about our heritage.

Through our Saturday Culture and Development talks by various experts, we hope to bring tradition and heritage to the forefront of what needs to be preserved in Filipino culture, to highlight our unique values, and to identify what aspects of our culture can be intertwined with our modern-day lives.

2012 Yuchengco Museum Exhibits

With the creative industries and design as the focus of the museum’s exhibits this year, in the planning stage are shows on:

  • Something Different: Contemporary Design and the Power of Convention, a traveling exhibit on German industrial design presented by Goethe Institut Manila from May 2 – 31, 2012
  • Ifugao and Cordillera basketry from June to August 2012
  • Traditional Chinese paintings by Arsenia Lim, who has been offering traditional Chinese brush painting workshops at the museum for six years, from June to July 2012
  • Sogetsu ikebana from July 2 – 27, 2012
  • Art photography by Singapore-based photographer Andrew Chester Ong
  • Jewelry (a traveling exhibit) presented by the Embassy of Greece, Manila
  • British maps of the Philippines presented by the Philippine Maps Collectors Society in commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the British occupation of Manila; vis-à-vis animation, graphics, illustrations, and fine prints in October 2012
  • Swiss Position 33, a traveling exhibit on Swiss architecture presented by the Embassy of Switzerland Manila in celebration of 150th anniversary of official relations between Switzerland and the Philippines from November to December 2012 

Many of the exhibits will include a local component featuring works by Filipino cultural creatives, designers, and artists to highlight the dynamism and variety of Philippine expression alongside global trends; or lectures, talks, and workshops by visiting speakers and local experts on topics related to the creative industries.

Note to Editors:

The creative industries, also known as the creative economy, have their origins in individual creativity, skill, and talent. Creative industries include advertising; architecture; arts and antique markets; crafts; design, including communication design; designer fashion; film, video, and photography; software, computer games, and electronic publishing; music and the visual and performing arts; publishing; and television and radio.

The information above is current as of March 2012, and is subject to change. Prior to publication, please confirm dates, titles, and other details with Information Officer Carla Martinez, at (632) 889-1234.


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