Telephone: (632) 527-12-19
Division is primarily concerned with the
collection, maintenance and exhibition of the art works by Filipino artists,
including, painting, pieces of sculpture, graphic arts, photography and
other art forms. The aim is to be able to delineate the various developments
in the history of Philippine art by way of the art pieces. It also provides
services including evaluation and authentication of art works conducted
by a panel of experts from the private sector, art classes and similar
sessions; and technical assistance to other institutions.
1. Authentication and Evaluation
of Art Works
The law protecting the Filipino heritage made it mandatory
for all art collectors to register their collections with the National
Museum. The same law has also charged the National Museum with the evaluation
and designation of National Cultural Treasures and Important Cultural Properties.
Hence, a Panel of Authenticators was created by the National Museum to
study and deliberate on the authenticity of the art pieces. These panel
is composed of a Chairman and two members. The Chief of the Arts Division
is also included as an Ex-officio member and also a signatory to the Certificate
of Authentication of the art pieces.
2. Technical Assistance:
An official authentication and evaluation of the art work
is affixed to the registration certificate which serves as a document of
the authenticity of the art work. Once the art work is authentic, the registrant
has to pay the National Museum one percent (1%) of the appraised value
of the painting. The panel of authenticators convene every second and last
Wednesdays of every month.
The Arts Division extends technical assistance to students
of different universities regarding their researches about our famous Filipino
artists, their biographies and their works. Likewise, the division extends
technical assistance to art dealers, art collectors, to foreign and local
visitors and other art enthusiasts. In addition, a collaborative services
are also extended to various individuals, to public and private entities,
like rendering curatorial management, wherein they act as consultants.
The division also hosts special lectures, demonstration, interviews and
special seminars which are related to arts and culture.
3. Summer Art Classes:
A yearly Summer Art Classes for children are conducted
and sponsored by the division. Two sessions are being offered free. The
basic art class or the beginners ages 6 to 9 years old and the advanced
art class ages 10 to 15 years old. These art classes usually convene during
summer time to keep the children busy.
In addition, an outreached program of the division was
launched utilizing the out-of-school children to keep them busy during
summer time. Summer art classes were also offered free to the different
districts of Marikina including the Elementary schools for both the basic
and the advanced art classes. The expansion of this outreached program
is designed to further raise the level of public awareness of our national
1. Maintenance Section
Aside from the maintenance of art works, this section
is in-charge of collection and preservation. The lack of conservation equipment
and facilities do not hamper the day to day efforts of staff in performing
the mechanical cleaning of paintings and sculptural pieces, routine dusting
of paintings and keeping the storage tidy in such a way that the art pieces
are presentable to viewers. This section is also in charge in the divisions
acquisition like the donation of contemporary paintings to the agency from
private and public entities.
2. Research and Exhibitions
The Exhibition Section conducts scientific researches
and the biographies of the following:
a. Biographies and updated
works of the National Artists.
b. Biographies and updated
works of the "Thirteen Moderns"
Biographies and updated works of the National Museum collection
artists; the biographies of many contemporary artists way back the
19th century like Felix Martinez which was sent to the curator of Asian
Art, Museo Nacional de Anthropologia, Madrid, Spain.
d. Illustration Studios of:
e. The division continued the
National tradition of presenting abroad cross section of Philippine Art
through special exhibition featuring works from the National Museum art
collections, selected groups of established and emerging painters and inclusion
of guest artists as special features. A calendar of events for the whole
year is to be followed and the staff has to plan, organize as well as prepare
the materials needed for the exhibitions on that particular event.
Pencil studies of the different Philippine Festivities;
likewise, done in watercolor rendition. A salient information on the different
festivities that are happening in the Philippines featuring the different
customs, traditions as well as the colorful costumes of the different tribes
living in the Philippines.
Philippine Historical Events:
A pen and ink rendition of the important historical events
that took place in the Philippine history. Aside from these illustrations
of our artists, they also work for the different divisions in illustration
of posters, folders, and others.