Pablo Picasso comes to Manila

The Philippines finally has its first Picasso exhibit EVER. In this excerpt of my art review over at, I share details of this important date with one of the world’s most important artists–and what it could possibly mean for the country.

Pablo Picasso's "Suite Vollard" runs at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila until January 7, 2012
Pablo Picasso's "Suite Vollard" runs at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila until January 7, 2012 | Image courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Manila

Suite Vollard: Finally, Picasso Up Close and Personal in Manila

One would expect that a monumental exhibit such as that of Pablo Picasso‘s Philippine debut would be accompanied by years of preparation and much pomp and fanfare. After all, Picasso is one of the world’s most important visual artists of the 20th century, and the Philippines is a country starved of exhibitions of such proportions.

It is ironic, then, that the staging of the exhibit Suite Vollard—one of Picasso’s most important collections, preceding his world-famous Civil War piece, Guernica—took all of six weeks and happened purely by accident…

… “[This exhibit sends] a signal to the European community that the Philippines is ready for shows of such magnitude,” says Architect Gerry Torres, Director of the Met. “Imagine housing one hundred Picassos? That’s a feat in itself already.”

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Niña Terol-Zialcita

Niña Terol-Zialcita is a “Communicator, Connector, idea Curator, and Changemaker” who uses the power of words and ideas to advocate causes and promote the Philippines at its best. She is’s Deputy Editor, as well as Editor-in-Chief of asianTraveler, the longest-running travel magazine in the Philippines. When she is not writing, blogging, or traveling, Niña is conducting writing workshops with Writer’s Block Philippines, hanging out at art galleries and cafés, and performing poetry with her husband, percussionist and performance artist Paul Zialcita. She is also the author of the book "[r]evolutionaries: The new generation of Filipino youth and youth organizations".