Ayala Museum Opens Three New Exhibitions on Philippine History
In case you didn’t know, the Ayala Museum recently reopened with a soft launch in December 2021. While a lot of things have definitely changed in the museum and have been available to museum patrons, the museum’s permanent exhibitions on the fourth floor were still closed off from the public—that is until today, August 3.
The Ayala Museum is now fully operational with the opening of the museum’s permanent exhibitions on Philippine Pre-colonial Gold, Indigenous Textiles, and Southeast Asian Trade Ware Ceramics from the museum’s collection.
Here’s what to expect in the newly opened Ayala Museum exhibits:
The exhibitions jointly tell the story of the Crossroads of Civilization. It is a visual representation of the country’s identity, imagery, and ingenuity shaped by a millennium of interactions within the flourishing networks of exchange within Asia and beyond.
Skeins of Knowledge, Threads of Wisdom
This exhibition makes today’s Filipinos aware that among our indigenous communities are living examples of how we might be able to restore some balance in our lives, in our country, and among global communities.
Indigenous textile arts in the Philippines demonstrate the ingenuity, creativity, adaptability, and sophistication of the early Filipinos.
Skeins of Knowledge, Threads of Wisdom will place the textiles in the context of community, environment, culture, and tradition, spirit and matter.
Ceramics and Cultural Currency: Exchanges of Pottery and Prestige
This exhibit examines the practical, social, economic, and spiritual values that Filipinos ascribed to the trade wares of pottery and ceramics over a millennium of exchange with our Chinese and Southeast Asian neighbors. It begs to ask and answer "What made these ceramics so valuable that people traveled far and wide to obtain such vessels?"
Some Chinese and Southeast Asian ceramics and pottery found in the Philippines date back to the ninth century.
Gold of Ancestors: Pre-colonial Treasures in the Philippines
First opened in 2008, the Gold of Ancestors exhibition has been refreshed for a new generation.
This exhibition of more than 1,000 archaeological gold objects celebrates the cultures that flourished before the Spanish colonization of the islands.
These were recovered in the Philippines in various archaeological contexts, often in association with tenth to twelfth-century Chinese export ceramics.
With the opening of the fourth floor, Ayala Museum now completes its onsite museum experiences. Still on view are Intertwined: Transpacific, Transcultural Philippines, Landscape into Painting: Fernando Zobel Serie Blanca, Dioramas of Philippine History, Filipinas Heritage Library’s Liberation: War & Hope, Ayala Museum: In Microcosm, and the Globe Digital Gallery.
Ayala Museum is at Greenbelt Park, Makati Avenue corner Dela Rosa Street, Ayala Center, Makati City. Entrance fee is at P650. For updates, visit Ayala Museum's website.