This Is What Happens When Amorsolos and Legos Come Together

It happens to be the 50th anniversary of Amorsolo's proclamation as the first National Artist.
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How do we reconcile the great Fernando Amorsolo's realism and the playful power of LEGOs? This exhibit shows us how.

In partnership with PinoyLUG and with the backing of the Fernando C. Amorsolo Foundation, Inc., the Cultural Center of the Philippines recently unveiled the exhibit Project AMORsolo.

This is one of the first major exhibits at the CCP since the pandemic began. The show features LEGO Bricks Mosaic artworks in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the proclamation of Amorsolo as the country's first National Artist for Visual Arts.

"This whole exhibit also embodies the vision and mission of CCP, which is to exhibit or showcase excellence, of course, which is in the works of our national artist Fernando Amorsolo," said CCP Vice President Chris B. Millado during the opening. "At the same time, it shows participation, innovation, and engagement with more contemporary ways of creativity and expressing art, which is the LEGO mosaic."

PinoyLUG is a Filipino community of LEGO users accredited by The LEGO Group. They are part of Lego Ambassador Network (LAN), representing the Philippines in a global scale of recognized Lego User Group.

Leslie Araujo (right) stands here with the Amorsolo family. He had come across some old Amorsolo postcards during the pandemic. They belonged to his father, who was the grandson of painters Rafael Araujo, Sr. and Augusta Tiongco. This was when the idea for the exhibit came to be.

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Each member who participated in the mosaic making was given a certificate signed by the CCP.

Mosaic detail on "Bayanihan."

Among the reimagined Amorsolo obras present at the exhibit are "Bayanihan," "Early Traders," and "Dalagang Bukid."

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These paintings were said to have been selected by the group specifically because of the display of bayanihan during the pandemic, the importance of Filipino women in our society, and the prevalence of foreigners who come to do business in the Philippines.

The exhibition will run until May 29, 2022 at the CCP’s Bulwagang Carlos V. Francisco (Little Theater Lobby). It will be open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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