Ayala Museum, under the auspices of Ayala Foundation, Inc., is pleased to announce its exhibition, Fernando Zóbel. Contrapuntos, was selected by the organizers of La Biennale di Venezia to be among the twenty two collateral events of Biennale Arte 2017 in Venice, Italy from 13 May to 26 November.

Collateral events are additional exhibitions and initiatives presented by non-profit international and national organizations to complement the main exhibition and national participations.  This will be the first time a Philippine museum will participate in this much anticipated global art event.

1962 was the last time Spanish-Filipino artist Fernando Zóbel (1924-1984) was in Venice as part of the Spanish Pavilion.  Emboldened by Biennale Arte 2017’s chosen theme, VIVA ARTE VIVA, that celebrates artists including those who passed away too soon, Ayala Museum thought the timing was right and the context perfect to introduce Fernando Zóbel to a new generation of art lovers. “This initiative is in keeping with Ayala Museum’s longstanding commitment to sustain interest and offer fresh perspectives in viewing and interpreting the artist’s works,” says Mariles Gustilo, Senior Director of the Arts and Culture Division of Ayala Foundation, Inc.

Focusing on the years 1957-1962 when he developed his signature style, Fernando Zóbel.Contrapuntos highlights the unique synthesis and harmony of Asian and Western painting techniques and influences in his works as seen in his Saetas and Serie Negra paintings.