Can you keep a little secret? I’m interested in art museums and/or exhibits. It all started when I visited National Museum of Korea, War Memorial of Korea, National Palace Museum of Korea, and National Hangeul Museum last July (has it been that long since #Seoulscapade?).
I believe that it’s a must for you to drop by any museum when going on a trip abroad. Aside from learning the country’s history, you get to experience what it’s like to be a local. Trust me, this works especially if you’re not that familiar with a particular place.
Imagine my excitement upon receiving an email from Yuchengco Museum*, inviting me to the launch of its “Wynn Wynn Ong: Redefining Boundaries” exhibit which happened last March 8.
Jewelry designer Wynn Wynn Ong celebrates 15 years in fashion and design in this retrospective exhibition. Ong, whose career as a jeweler began in 2001, continues to redefine what it means to be a woman of style.
She differentiates her design aesthetics from others through age-old techniques such as casting using the lost wax method. This ensures the individuality of her jewelry. In fact, Ong never repeats designs and limits the number of pieces she produces each year.
What’s even more exciting is that she incorporates her interest in environmental sustainability by using local woods and recycled materials. She transforms animals like monkeys, carabaos, and other Philippine flora and fauna created from precious stones and metals into pendants, necklaces, and minaudieres.
From handcrafted heirloom jewelry to unique collections of art, furniture, couture, and objets d’art, this exhibit also showcases 18 portraits of Ong’s muses in their fantasy alter egos captured by model-photographer Jo Ann Bitagcol.
See the collection – which runs until June 15, 2017 – for yourself.
*Yuchengco Museum is at RCBC Plaza, corner Ayala and Gil J. Puyat Avenues, Makati City. Museum hours are Monday to Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm. For more information, call (+632) 889-1234, visit www.yuchengcomuseum.org, or follow @YuchengcoMuseum on social media with the hashtags #WynnWynnOng and #RedefiningBoundaries.
Photos are from Yuchengco Museum.