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US Ambassador Thomas visits Lopez Museum

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Published on Aug 26, 2011

US Ambassador Harry K. Thomas Jr. lauded the Lopez Museum for its impressive collection of Philippine art and artifacts, its art conservation services and community outreach program that distinguishes it from the other local museums he has recently visited.
Curatorial consultant Eileen Legaspi-Ramirez conducted a tour around the museum which included its current exhibit "About Face" and the museum's library.

The Lopez Memorial Museum (LMM) is one of the oldest, privately owned museum and library in the Philippines. Founded on February 13, 1960, it was built by Eugenio Lopez, Sr to provide scholars and students access to his personal collection of rare Filipiniana books, manuscripts, maps, archeological artifacts and fine arts.
The museum's art galleries house paintings by 19th century Filipino masters, Juan Luna and Felix Resurrection Hidalgo, and 20th century National Artists such as Fernando Amorosolo, Botong Francisco, Vicente Manansala, HR Ocampo, Cesar Legaspi, and Arturo Luz. Important artists such as Fernando Zobel, Nena Saguil, Macario Vitalis, Jose Joya, Juvenal Sanso, Romeo Tabuena, Anita Magsaysay-Ho, Ang Kiukok, Ben Cabrera and Onib Olmedo are also represented in the museum's ever expanding collection. Its library now ranks as one of the finest in Asia. The collection currently counts some 20,000 Filipianiana titles by 12,000 authors, rare books, manuscripts, journals, newspapers, microfilms, photographs, charts and maps, and literary works in various languages. LMM endeavors to create stimulating learning encounters with aspects of Philippine material and non-material heritage by opening up its collections both to visitors and scholars. By continually enriching its holdings and enabling its staff complement, LMM hopes to instill a sharp sense of inquiry, and personal and collective stewardship that leads to engaged responses to past and present Philippine social contexts.

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