Yuchengco Museum RCBC Plaza
Yuchengco Museum RCBC Plaza is a fine arts gallery in the middle of Makati’s skyscraper forest. It is located inside RCBC Plaza. This is officially a place for art aficionados in the country. Its stated mission was to promote international and local art appreciation in the country, and it actually houses the art collection of the Yuchengcos.
Yuchengco Museum History
The museum presents art in these different themes: Sino-Filipino Expressions, which presents the art of the Filipino-Chinese; Bridging Cultures, in which Asian art meets the world; Design as Art, and Art as Design, in which art displayed is more unconventional than the other collections; and finally, Culture and Development.
The Master’s Gallery contains, works by Juan Luna, Fernando Amorsolo, and Carlos “Botong” Francisco. This area of the museum celebrates the three of the arguably most famous Filipino painters.
Yuchengco Museum Location
Address: RCBC Plaza, Corner Ayala Avenue and Senator Gil J. Puyat
There are many other paintings in the museum, including those of Benedicto Cabrera (Ben Cab), Ang Kiukok, Napoleon Abueva, Vicente Manansala, and Jose Joya. This is in the Yuchengco Group collection, and this collection contains a good mix of traditional, realist painting complemented with a plethora of modernist works. There is also a portrait of Don Alfonso T. Yuchengco and his wife at the entrance hall of the museum.
The museum also has a site-specific installation, called the “Suspended garden” by Tony Gonzales and Tes Pasola. Made from pulp, newspaper twine, and some nylon, the pulp are molded to look like round rocks, similar to a Zen garden. It could be viewed in many ways, including lying town beneath it, walking around it, or viewing it from above.
There is also a section called Pumapapel, in which all art is made of paper. There are chairs, lamps, and mats that are made of pulp paper. True to its name, it exhibits the many different uses of paper. It is a good example of art with functionality.
Yuchengco Museum Entrance Fee,
The museum is open all week from 10 AM to 6 PM except Sundays, when it is closed all day. Admission ranges from 25 to 100 pesos.