Pinto Art Museum

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Pinto Art Museum

Pinto Art Museum (PAM) is an assemblage of over 300 modern paintings, sculptures, and art installations by various local artists. It is located at 1 Sierra Madre St., Grand Heights, Antipolo, Rizal. Pinto, the Filipino word for door, serves as the gateway for modern and contemporary art.

PAM is a project of Silangan Foundation for Arts, Culture, and Ecology, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting Philippine arts and culture. The foundation is being led by neurologist Dr. Joven Cuanang. He, who is deeply rooted in his inclination to Filipino’s artistic prowess, has accumulated a number of artworks in his personal collection. He acquired a modest house and lot in the 70s and opened the Pinto Gallery around 2000. When he launched the gallery, he poured his own personal wealth into the museum to perform a civic duty for the Filipino people. He aims to promote education and appreciation for art and culture.

The museum's overall mission is to champion conservation of nature, education of the Filipino people, and opening doors for talented artists. Antonio Leaño is the museum director, museum designer, and contributing artist, while Mikey Blanco is the museum manager.

Art pieces of the museum are left to the natural elements as Dr. Cuanang wants everything natural. PAM's art galleries are spread out in six buildings in the area.

The museum, which also houses Pinto Cafe operated by Bizu, is open every Tuesday to Sunday, from 9:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. Entrance fee is Php 150. It costs Php 120 to senior citizens, with valid IDs, and PWDs, and Php 75 to children and students with valid IDs. Grand Heights charges non-residents Php 20 for road users who are non-residents.

The museum prohibits food, pets, smoking, and the use of flash when taking pictures.


Contents

Galleries

  • Gallery Shoppe: Features bizzare gift ideas ranging from ceramics, pottery, glass, metal, or wood. Other items for sale are weaving products, books, cards, ornaments, and paintings by contemporary Filipino artists.
  • Dr. Cuanang's personal collection: Features works of PAM's in-house artists Jim Orencio and Antonio Leaño. Also featured are works of Mark Justiniani.
  • Downhard hall: Features artworks (paintings, metal works, wooden sculptures, and mixed media) of various local artists. Its centerpiece is the 480-inch long and 144-inch wide mural entitled Karnabal, made by Salingpusa.
  • New wing: Features contemporary and traditional paintings. Its centerpiece is Ferdie Montemayor‘s Panalo, a series of 4.5x12ft each (tryptich) 4.5x36ft.  paintings that depict forms of swimming, biking, and running.
  • “Room”: Features a dark labyrinth of bamboos, with dried leaves scattered on the floor, dimly illuminated by green lights.
  • Meditation garden: Dedicated to the love of Jose Rizal, the country's national hero, and Leonor Rivera. Guests enjoy “The Undelivered Project” area full of stationary and pens, where they may empty their thoughts and write anonymous letters.


Guided tour schedules are as follows:

  • 09:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.
  • 12:00 N.N. – 02:00 P.M.
  • 02:00 P.M. – 04:00 P.M.
  • 04:30 P.M. – 06:00 P.M.


Directions

By private vehicle

  • Take the route going to Marikina. Drive along Marcos Highway heading to Antipolo.
  • Turn right at Felix Avenue.
  • Turn left at Ortigas Avenue Extension.
  • Turn left at the rotunda leading to either Antipolo or Taytay Diversion Road.
  • Follow the Ortigas Avenue Extension road until you reach the L. Sumulong Memorial Circle.
  • Look for the sign on the right side of the road which points to Grand Heights and Pinto Art Museum.


By public transportation/LRT 2

  • Take the LRT Line 2 and get off at the Santolan Station.
  • Take a jeepney or FX bound for Antipolo (Antipolo-Simbahan-Junction or Antipolo-Shopwise), Tanay (Tanay-Antipolo), or Teresa.
  • Get off at Ynares Center.
  • Ride a tricycle going to Grand Heights Subdivision.


By public transportation/FX or jeep from Ortigas area

  • Ride a jeep or FX going to Antipolo at a terminal at the Greenfield District Area or at the SM Megamall parking area.
  • Get off at Ynares Center.
  • Ride a tricycle going to Grand Heights Subdivision.




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