Pinto Art Museum was the highlight of our Antipolo trip. The place is a 1.2 hectare museum owned by Dr. Joven Cuanang. The owner is a neurologist and the pieces found there are from his own personal collection. The museum will make you feel like you’ve been completely transported into a different world; a world of modern and contemporary art—a world that you would really love.
The entrance gate is normally closed and one must first ring the bell before entering the place. You have to pay P180 for the entrance fee then you are free to roam around the area.
Pinto Art Museum has six galleries. Galley 1 is allotted for Traditional and Filipino Art. Most of the paintings are murals created by different Filipino painters. The paintings are somehow a reflection of what Filipinos normally do on a daily basis.
Galleries 2 and 3 are for mixed media and wire sculptures.
Galleries 4, 5 and 6 are allotted for modern and abstract art pieces. They have paintings similar to what I have been seeing on Berlin ArtParasites and The Artidote.
There is also a gallery allotted for Indigenous art. It is filled with sculptures of ritual objects which I think are anitos (Filipino term for spirits mostly used during the pre-hispanic era). The said gallery is like the one I saw at BenCab Museum in Baguio.
I like how the museums have couches with soft pillows in every gallery. After all, the place is quite huge and you would really get tired of roaming around.
After exploring the museum, we then took our snacks at Pinto Café. We ordered fruit shakes (P100), Truffle chocolate cake (P150), Mango cheesecake (P150) and a glass of white wine (P210). You can actually bring your glass of wine while looking around. If you are into beers, there is a craft beer stall near the café which offers local craft beers with a very affordable price. I would like to try the beer next time.
This trip made me appreciate art even more. It is amazing how someone can express his/her thoughts through painting, sculpture and other creative output. Going all the way to Antipolo is definitely worth it.
Pinto Art Museum is open Tuesdays to Sundays from 9:00AM to 5:00 pm. For other information about the museum, you can visit their Facebook page or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org