National Museum honored National Artist Jose Joya with “Balik-tanaw”

June 3, 2011


The National Museum together with the Association of Philippines-China Understanding (APCU) opened the retrospective exhibit Joya: Balik-tanaw in honor of the late National Artist Jose Joya’s 80th birth anniversary on June 3, 2011 at the Museum of the Filipino People, Rizal Park, Manila. The ceremonies were attended by Charges d’ Affaires Bai Tian representing Chinese Ambassador Liu Jianchao, APCU founder Atty. Charito L. Planas, APCU top officers Josie Joya-Baldovino and Rachy Cuna, other cultural luminaries. The exhibit launched the Joya Festival 2011 and commemorated the Philippines-China Friendship Day. More than 40 artworks representing Joya’s artistic and creative mastery were exhibited.

Joya (1931-1995) was acknowledged for his imaginative abstract expressions. He finished his Fine Arts degree, magna cum laude, at the University of the Philippines (1953) and Master of Fine Arts at the Cranbrook Academy of Arts (1958) under a Smith-Mundt-Fulbright scholarship. He held his first solo exhibition at the Philippine Art Gallery in 1954. This was followed by a string of group shows in China (Beijing), Switzerland (Geneva), Germany, England, and Spain (Madrid) and solo shows locally and in Hong Kong and the United States. He also served as dean of the UP-College of Fine Arts, chairman of the National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA) – Committee on the Visual Art, chairman of the National Museum – Panel of Art Experts, and president of the Art Association of the Philippines for three consecutive terms.

His recognitions included the Republic Cultural Heritage Award, Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM), both awarded in 1961; Patnubay ng Sining at Kalinangan from the City of Manila (1971), Chevalier des Arts et Lettres (Knight of the Arts and Letters) from the French government (1987), and the Ten Outstanding ASEAN Artists (1992). He was posthumously declared National Artist in 2003.

Other venues of Joya Festival 2011 include the Metropolitan Museum (June 16), Ayala Museum (July) and the Cultural Center of the Philippines (August).

For group reservation and tour inquiries, please contact the Museum Education Division at T/F: 527-0278.


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