The FLOWER Show

In celebration of the summer month of May, the UP Vargas Museum brings together artworks focusing on flower as subject. These are made by various artists in different styles and interpretations

In celebration of the summer month of May, the UP Vargas Museum brings together artworks focusing on flower as subject. These are made by various artists in different styles and interpretations.

Sometimes exalted often denigrated, flowers as subjects in contemporary art have been deemed by some critics as passé or commercial. In the past, painting or drawing flowers was an important exercise in the academe as training among artists who render their life likeness in still life and sometimes part of portraits or landscapes. The Dutch painter Piet Mondrian would revert back to painting flowers when the strain of painting straight lines, such as in his famous Victory Boogie Boogie, took its toll. Many artists have a penchant for making art with flowers. Perhaps this is borne from early training exercises when they were made to do flower still lifes. Mona and Cris Cruz are two of the more renowned artists who made names for themselves painting flowers. Despite this apparent commonness as subject, flower artworks continue to attract collectors and art audiences making flowers whose images are enduring and sources of delight.

The exhibition opens on 21 April with a Flores de Mayo event on 28 May featuring fashion created by past and present members of the Young Designers Guild. A parade will commence at the University of the Philippines academic oval at 4 pm.

This project has been made possible by Avellana Art Gallery and YDG.