Quadrícula (HOCUS II)

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Quadrícula (HOCUS II) | Image Credit: @natmuseumph | Text and poster by NM Fine Arts Division

Quadrícula (HOCUS II): The Hofileña-Custodio Paintings

A new exhibition is opening at the National Museum of Fine Arts entitled Quadrícula (HOCUS II), which refers to the grid pattern used by the Spanish conquerors to lay out towns where Christianized Indios were forced to settle, beginning late 16th century.

The quadrícula represented the Spanish conquest of the Philippines. The HOCUS II are Hofileñas’ visions of the religious, political, and socioeconomic consequences of Spanish rule and how the Filipino Indios coped with it.

This exhibition alludes to the first HOCUS painting exhibition in 2017 also at the National Museum, referring to its unique collaborative artworks of a historian and a painter. Saul Hofileña Jr. is a lawyer and historian who cannot paint to save his life;

The Quadrícula (HOCUS II) exhibition will run from September 17, 2019, until March 15, 2020, at Galleries XXVII and XXVIII, fourth floor, National Museum of Fine Arts. Museum hours are from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily except on Mondays and Holidays.

Gemma Cruz-Araneta, former director of the National Museum of the Philippines curated the HOCUS I exhibition. She has been invited again to curate, this time the Quadrícula (HOCUSII).

Expect a similar series of lectures by distinguished personalities in art, history, and heritage conservation will be offered to the public as was held during the run of the HOCUS I exhibition.

For more information, please call the Museum Services Division at (02) 298 1100 (local 2008) or email services.nationalmuseumph@gmail.com.

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