The National Museum of the Philippines proudly presents the exhibition “Leaves, Lace, and Legacy: The Art of Lenore RS Lim” exhibition, in celebration of National Women’s Month. Opened on 22 March 2024 at Gallery XVII (Special Exhibition Hall dedicated to Women’s Art) of the National Museum of Fine Arts, the exhibition highlights the artistic journey of Lenore Raquel-Santos Lim, a Filipina visual artist renowned for her contributions to Philippine arts. 

“Leaves, Lace, and Legacy” features Lim’s exploration of the intricate realm of printmaking, presenting the recurring motifs of decaying leaves, handmade laces, and wedding veils. It showcases her artworks that pay homage to nature conservation and Philippine maternal traditions while engaging in a meaningful discourse on womanhood and human rights.

Lim adeptly merges traditional techniques with contemporary technologies. The exhibition showcases some of her notable printmaking techniques such as chine collé, computer-aided design serigraphy, etching, giclée, lithography, and photo etching.

During the opening reception, NMP Director-General Jeremy Barns called the exhibition “a feature of Lim’s beautiful stories as told through her art” before thanking the artist for the generous donation of several Gifts to the Nation.

Afterwards, Deputy-Director General for Museums Jorell Legaspi gave a curatorial overview of the exhibition, before sharing a brief account of Ms. Lim’s life and works.

This was followed by an emotional message from Ms. Lim herself, recounting the days spent in the then Legislative Building waiting for her father to finish his work. “It feels like coming home after a long absence from a place so dear to me. And what a beautiful home it had become,” Lim said, describing the exhibition as a “full circle” moment for her. Lim later gave a guided tour of the exhibition to the attendees.

Born in 1946, Lim pursued a career as an art educator until she transitioned to a career as an artist in the 1990s. As a pioneer of computer-aided art in the Philippines, she has received various recognitions, including the Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant and the Pamana ng Pilipino Presidential Award. She also founded the Filipino Music and Art Foundation BC, which supports aspiring Filipino artists.

Celebrate National Women’s Month by visiting this new exhibition. We are open Tuesdays to Sundays, from 9 A.M. to 6 P.M. Admission is FREE!