‘Botong Francisco’ exhibit travels to Talisay, Negros Occidental

The Ayala Museum recently launched a traveling exhibition on National Artist Carlos “Botong” Francisco at The District North Point Mall, Talisay, Negros Occidental. The exhibit is scheduled to run from August 27 to September 10, 2013.

Entitled “Botong Francisco: A Nation Imagined,” this exhibition features 25 reproductions of Botong’s paintings from institutional and private collections. Accompanying these images is a film produced by Ayala Foundation Inc. (AFI) and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Peque Gallaga on Botong’s vision and artistry.

Leading the ceremonial opening of the exhibit were Ayala Corporation CEO Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, Ayala Land CEO Antonino Aquino, representatives from Javier Lacson’s family, and Ayala Foundation President Luli Heras-de Leon. Also present at the event were Ayala Foundation Senior Director for Arts and Culture Mariles Gustilo and other Ayala Foundation and Ayala Land officials, local government officials from the Negros Occidental, alumni from the Ayala Young Leaders Congress, and residents of Talisay and nearby towns and cities.

This outreach initiative of AFI’s Arts and Culture Division is a traveling version of the museum exhibition held last December 2012 to March 2013 in celebration of the centennial of Botong Francisco’s birth at Ayala Museum in Makati City. The exhibition showcased over 40 actual paintings by Botong supplemented by a short film that captured his large-scale works and murals commissioned for public buildings. The film had also been selected for inclusion in the documentary category at the 2013 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

Flying the exhibition to Talisay and other possible regional locations is in line with AFI’s Arts and Culture Division’s aim in bringing art beyond the museum to new audiences outside Manila.

The Botong: Francisco: A Nation Imagined traveling exhibition is presented by Ayala Museum with the support of Ayala Foundation Inc., Ayala Corporation, The District North Point Mall, and the family of Javier Lacson.

For more information, visit the Ayala Museum website. 

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