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FORTY The MET Collection New Acquisitions

FORTY The MET Collection New Acquisitions


The Metropolitan Museum of Manila collects the art of now, for the future, and for all. Mounted in celebration of the MET's 40th anniversary, this exhibition dwells less on the meaning of individual works in the museum's collection, but ponders instead on their collective significance.

The MET Collection comes together to reveal a core of works by National Artists, a strong representation of the Filipina artists' dynamism, and a growing group of expatriate artists whose nationality have transcended geographical boundaries. As aesthetic and educative references on developments in Philippine modern and contemporary art, the works articulate themes, styles, and movements ranging from abstract explorations to social realism, from folkloric appropriations to surrealistic imaginings. There are noticeable and critical gaps in the collection, and recent acquisitions reveal solid efforts to narrow them.

Continuously being enhanced and updated, the MET Collection is a visual legacy of Philippine modern and contemporary art, accessible to everyone, for generations to come.





FORTY The MET and the BSP Print Collections

FORTY The MET and the BSP Print Collections


This exhibition presents major Filipino and international artists who have contributed to the development of modern printmaking in the local and international contexts. Their shifting and altering methods traverse traditional practices, becoming precursors in the dazzling and demanding art of creating multiple originals. In this exhibition, their prints are configured in particular themes that explore classical beginnings, abstraction and representational trends in modernism, and responses to history, culture, identity, femininity and mythology.

The prints are drawn from the strength of two collections: The Metropolitan Museum of Manila's, with its compact but powerful collection of Western prints that include works by Rembrandt Van Rijn, Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Georges Braque, Josef Albers, and Jasper Johns, and its growing collection of contemporary Filipino prints; and the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas', with its expansive collection of local prints that trace the development of the art form since the 1950s and bannered by pioneers such as Manuel Rodriguez Sr., Rod Paras-Perez, Imelda Cajipe-Endaya and Brenda Fajardo, among others.

The exhibit plays with several parallels and intersections: local and foreign, East and West, an acuity towards the self and the modernizing world, as well as the collections and directions of the MET vis-a-vis the BSP, with whom it is celebrating a partnership of forty years.





FORTY The MET Archives

FORTY The MET Archives


Forty years ago, on October 3, 1976, the Metropolitan Museum of Manila opened its doors to the public for the first time. The Inaugural Exhibition on paintings and sculptures became the entry point of foreign art, enabling Filipinos to view original works by renowned artists like Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee and Andy Warhol, and the art of foreign cultures near and far.

In 1986, the drastic changes within Philippine society translated to substantial shifts in the MET's direction. With greater emphasis on Philippine art and driven by the slogan "Art for All," it activated an art education program that encouraged broader dialogues between the arts, the museum, and its audience.

This exhibition reflects on the rich history of the museum, featuring rare exhibition posters, catalogue, vernissage photos, and documents unearthed from its archives. Through forty years and more than four hundred exhibitions later, the MET continues to evolve and renew, a metamorphosis of preceding generations.



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