January 14, 2016
Famous for its contemporary art collection, spacious galleries, secluded location and rustic but elegant architecture. It’s a great escape from the urban landscape. Driving to Antipolo on a hot and dry Thursday afternoon I realized that this would be my first time to visit a museum since High School! Wow. That got me pretty excited as I really don’t know what to expect even though I’ve already read articles and visited blogs that featured Pintô.
The Facade of pure and simple white coupled with plants/bushes commonly seen in desert landscapes gave me the feeling as if I am looking at the Alamo in Texas or the white colonial houses in the northern provinces. A fairly modern contemporary art collection housed inside the shell of an old-looking museum made me realize that maybe art is really timeless.
A little history…
Pintô Art Museum can trace its roots back to the 80’s when Antonio Leaño became an artist in residence at Silangan Gardens. The property became home of the Silangan Foundation for Arts, Culture and Ecology led by Dr. Joven Cuanang, former Medical Director of St. Lukes Medical Center. Dr. Cuanang and Antonio Leaño’s root goes way back when the former discovered the latter’s work and started to collect his artworks.
Architecture and Landscape
Currently still a work in progress, the inspiration of the rustic white museum came from the adjacent Cuanang residence. Which in turn was based on the colonial influences of Dr. Cuanang’s province of Ilocos. Instead flattening out the landscape, Leaño used the slopes and uneven terrain to create a flowing environment that can be appreciated through various spots and roof decks; connected by picturesque stairs and pathways, dotted by various artworks and plush fauna.
A door to Filipino modern art
Pintô is the Filipino word for door and this museum is living up to its name as it contain galleries full of Filipino contemporary paintings, sculptures, and installations that would pique the curiosity and light an inspirational fire in the soul of every visitor.
The life stories of Antonio Leaño and Dr. Joven Cuanang alone are really inspiring; punctuated by their collaboration at Pintô and seasoned by all the different artworks and stories of different artists. For all the young artists of different fields out there, we can all learn from Pintô, let us know their story and spare some time to visit and appreciate their love for Filipino fine arts.
Please Visit Ms. Kara’s well informative blog at http://www.traveling-up.com/pinto-art-museum-in-antipolo/ for a more detailed information, or follow the facebook page of Pintô https://www.facebook.com/Pinto-Art-Museum-281376918562097/?ref=br_rs