Frames of Reference, Lopez Museum’s fitting finale

Philippine National Artist, Benedicto Reyes Cabrera, has been widely recognized as a master of contemporary art. More popularly known as Bencab, Cabrera is now commemorating his 50th year of creating art and providing inspiration for generations of Filipinos. Most fittingly, one of the highlights of this milestone year will be the fact that his exhibit, Frames of Reference, will serve as the curtain call for the Lopez Museum.

The artist's self portrait.

The artist’s self portrait.

That’s right, the Lopez Museum will be closing down this year, as it will be saying goodbye to its old site and moving to a new, temporary site before settling in its new home in 2017. In the meantime, nothing can be more nostalgically fitting than Frames of Reference, an exhibit that offers a glimpse into BenCab’s life and art practice during the late 1960s and onwards. More than his simply collected work on display, the exhibition is an intimate portrait of BenCab as a person and his many personas – the artist, the lover, the family man, the bibliophile and the collector.


Roughly 15 never before seen art-books will be made available to the public. These small scrapbook-like compilations of collages (clippings and cut-outs), drawings and sketches interspersed with his handwriting; prominently feature his love for nostalgia, handmade paper and bookbinding. A diaristic presentation of his aesthetics, letters, mementos and other keepsakes also find their way into the pages.

It’s a very intriguing exhibit, and one that you just have to see if you are in any way a lover of journals or books.

This is your chance to say goodbye to Lopez Museum and to view BenCab as nobody has ever seen him before.

This is your chance to say goodbye to Lopez Museum and to view BenCab as nobody has ever seen him before.

Frames of Reference is curated by Dannie Alvarez and is co-presented by Bencab Art Foundation; Sureste Properties, Inc.; Samsung Electronics Philippines Corp. (SEPCO), our technology partner; and Gourmet Farms Inc., our public programs partner.

For more information, call Tina at 6312417 or email Lopez Museum and Library is at the G/F Benpres Bldg., Meralco cor. Exchange Rd., Ortigas Center, Pasig City. Museum and library hours are 8-5pm Mondays through Saturdays except Sundays and holidays.

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