National Artist BenCab Exhibit at The Lopez Museum

It’s nice to have a place to go to where you can relax and simply appreciate beauty and talent.

I recently visited the Lopez Museum and Library and was happy to get a peek into the creative life of a national artist,  Benedicto Cabrera, commonly known as BenCab.  In celebration of his 50 years of art practice, a series of multi-sited exhibitions entitled Frames of Reference will be held in his honor.  The first of the exhibition is at the Lopez Museum and Library in Ortigas.


BenCab’s The Iconic Soldiers (Heroes of the past IV), 1998

What I like about the exhibition was that it was a glimpse into his life while living and exhibiting abroad during the 60’s onwards. It was endearing to see postcards, etchings on handmade paper, portraits, collages, collections and various arts which made me appreciate BenCab, not just an artist but as a “real” person – a dad, a lover and a family man who is truly gifted in the arts.


Collections, art books, sketches

As part of the exhibit, about 15 of his art books are made available to the public.  In partnership with Samsung, we were able to view his most popular work through a big screen. What a nice touch!


Seeing and appreciating art on a big screen by Samsung

There were small scrapbook-like compilations of etchings, collages (clippings, cutouts) drawings and sketches with his handwriting, usually done in handmade paper. All of these are now available to the public.


Lovely etchings on handmade paper



A tribute to BenCab’s work



The art is in the details.


Looking forward to visiting his works up North!


When was the last time you looked at an art work and appreciated its beauty?  🙂

The Lopez Museum and Library is open to all students, art lovers and enthusiasts. The museum is located at the ground floor of the Benpres Building, Exchange Road corner Meralco Avanue, Pasig City. Museum and Library hours are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Mondays to Saturdays.  Contact numbers are (02) 631-2417; 631-2425