Catch These Works by 40 Filipino and French Artists in All-New Antipolo Exhibit

The exhibit features a mix of contemporary, applied, and fine arts.

Diamond in the Rough Pinto Art Museum
PHOTO BY Anton Reyes, Courtesy of Pinto Art Museum

(SPOT.ph) We here in the Philippines love to welcome with open arms the cultures of other countries, but Pinoy pride always goes crazy whenever anything from our culture makes it onto the global stage. 

As it happens, the Philippines and France are currently celebrating the 75th anniversary of the signing of their Treaty of Amity in 1947, which started a diplomatic relationship between the two countries. Festivities and events celebrating Philippine-French diplomatic relations are set to unfold over the next six months. Fête de la Musique took place in different places in the Philippines over the past week. Now, over the next month, we'll have the Filipino and French Diamond in the Rough art exhibit at the Pintô Art Museum in Antipolo City, Rizal. It runs from June 28 to August 7.

Pinto Art Museum Diamond in the Rough Exhibit
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Have a glimpse of the new Diamond in the Rough exhibit over at Pintô Art Museum, Antipolo:

Diamond in the Rough Hanan Pinto Art Museum
PHOTO BY Anton Reyes
Gazing Bird and the Approaching Storm Diamond in the Rough Pinto Art Museum
"Gazing Bird and the Approaching Storm" (1964) by Federico Aguilar Alcuaz
PHOTO Courtesy of Pinto Art Museum
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Henri Éteve Diamond in the Rough Pinto Art Museum
Untitled (1990) by Henri Éteve
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On the name of the exhibit, curator Sandra Palomar stated that it was centered on the "friendship" between the Philippines and France, saying "I was trying to think of an idea that symbolized friendship. I say friendship is like a diamond in the rough. It becomes finer and perfect with more time and care." Palomar went on to say that the same was true for the artworks themselves and the conservation of the pieces done by the museum's staff.

Turmoils of life Diamond in the Rough Pinto Art Museum
"Turmoils of Life" (1989) by Henri Éteve
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Fontainebleau Diamond in the Rough Pinto Art Museum
"Fontainebleau" (1954) by Nena Saguil
PHOTO Courtesy of Pinto Art Museum
Postcards of Herrera Carratala, Mei Liwanag, and Jean-Paul Gaultier
Postcards of Herrera Carratalá, Mei Liwanag, and Jean-Paul Gaultier (1973) by Wahoo Guerrero
PHOTO BY Courtesy of Pinto Art Museum

"At least 80 objects" from 40 different Filipino and French artists are on exhibit. Palomar stated that many of the artists are travelers, who would not be the persons they are today, had they not traveled to and lived in either France or the Philippines, which emphasizes the significance of the countries' relationship with each other.

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Diamond in the Rough runs from June 28 to August 7 at Pintô Art Museum, 1 Sierra Madre Street, Grand Heights Road, Antipolo City, Rizal. For more information, follow Pintô Art Museum on Facebook.

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