Edades Projects presents EDADES: From Freedom to Fruition, an exhibition about National Artist Victorio C. Edades (1895-1985), the precursor of Philippine Modern Art. The exhibition is on his life and works as painter, architect and educator and also aims to present other aspects of Edadesâ€™ life as an environmentalist and as an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) who studied and struggled abroad to bring home an artistic vision which eventually led to the development of Philippine Modern Art.
About 40 of his works made between 1928 to 1981 will be shown, some of which will be exhibited for the first time. The show also includes works by famous contemporary artists and former students at UST, such as Danilo Dalena, Jaime de Guzman, Norma Belleza, Ramon Orlina, Antonio Austria, Angelito Antonio, and the late National Artists, Ang Kiukok and Jerry Elizalde Navarro. Edades patterned UST Fine Arts curriculum after existing American curricula, introducing the Liberal Arts Program in 1935, which eventually made UST the forerunner of Modern Art.
Edades was educated at the University of Washington where he earned himself a master of Fine Arts in Painting. He came home in 1928 to embark on his mission to see Philippine Art move away from idealized pastoral scenes to embrace the new exciting possibilities of Modern Art.
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Edades Projects is an initiative lead by Liongoren Gallery founder and curator, Norma Liongoren. In 2011 the initiative produced the retrospective EDADES - From Freedom Fruition installed in the Cultural Center in the Philippines.