Sunday, November 09, 2014

Mounted on Constancio Bernardo’s 101st birth anniversary, the retrospective in two simultaneous venues at the CCP Bulwagang Juan Luna (Main Gallery) and Bulwagang Fernando Amorsolo (Small Gallery) showcases around eighty-five select pieces representing the artist’s broad concerns over a period of half a century.

Known mainly as a geometric abstractionist, Constancio Ma. Anastacio Bernardo (1913-2003) quietly produced an extensive yet diverse body of works. The Constancio Ma. Bernardo Catalogue Raisonné 1999-2001 undertaken by eldest son Angelo with funding from the Ayala Foundation documents 16 volumes of paintings and drawings. They range from his academic nudes, portraits, landscapes, and still lifes done as a student at the University of the Philippines School of Fine Arts (UP SFA) to his further explorations in various painterly techniques, materials and theories.

Included are large-scale pieces previously exhibited in the artist’s major shows at the CCP, Luz Gallery, and the defunct Museum of Philippine Art (MOPA), among others. Exemplifying his various series of abstractions, many of these works are shown together here for the first time.

Bernardo personified the struggle of reconciling Philippine modernism — particularly the abstract geometric variety — with the still normative academic and figurative art of the mid-twentieth-century. Trained variously under the conservative UP SFA and then in the modernist abstraction at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, he has been often defined in relation to these seemingly dichotomous influences.

Viewing hours are Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 6pm.

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Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) is located at Roxas Blvd. cor. Pablo Ocampo Sr. St., CCP Complex, Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines

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