MANILA - Philippine contemporary and traditional art are on display at the Museo delle Culture in Lugano, Switzerland.
The exhibit features 36 paintings and sculptures of Filipino artist Ronald Ventura and 35 pieces of traditional Philippine art, including bulul sculptures from the Musee du quai Branly in Paris.
Ventura is one of the leading contemporary artists in the Philippines and has exhibited in Manila, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan and Milan. Born in Manila in 1973, his art features themes and references from traditional Filipino culture and western pop elements.
The art exhibit, organized by the Canton of Ticino and the City of Lugano, was opened by Philippine Ambassador Leslie Baja and Lugano Mayor Marco Borradori on March 6. It was jointly curated by Patrick Flores of the UP Vargas Museum and Jessica Savoia of the Museum.
Baja thanked the City of Lugano and the Museum for organizing the exhibition which strengthens the cultural and people to people links between the Philippines and Switzerland.
Baja added that the exhibit will create greater awareness on Philippine art among the Swiss and help promote greater understanding between the two countries.
The exhibit will run until June 1, 2014.