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Fernando Zóbel. Contrapuntos, an exhibition organized and presented by Ayala Museum in the Philippines, provides an introduction and perspective on the work of Spanish-Filipino painter Fernando Zóbel (1924-1984). Focusing on the years 1957-1962, the period when he developed his visual language, the show is an unprecedented gathering of works acknowledged as prime achievements in his artistic career, the Saetas and Serie Negra series.

The paintings on exhibition embody a synthesis and harmony of Asian and Western painting techniques and show the artist’s formal progression in the mastery and control of material, technique, and concept.

Fernando Zóbel. Contrapuntos is designed as an organic mise-en-scene–a contemplative, cerebral sphere rather than inanimate scenography. The exhibition space allows paintings, sculpture, artifacts, texts, music, and publications to linger as aspects or presences in a dialogue about how an artistic practice could be reimagined as a lively form of contemporary expression.

In juxtaposition, select abstract sculptures by twentieth century Spanish artist Pablo Serrano (1908-1985) will be included to complement Zóbel with unexpected and enlightening comparisons of their work’s idiosyncrasies.

Fernando Zóbel exhibited in the Spanish Pavilion in the 31st International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia in 1962.