Pinto Art Museum that is nested in the hills of a subdivision in Antipolo City, is one of the most aesthetic museums in the country. I’ve been in this museum 4 years ago with some of my girl friends but it was really more of a photo shoot than an art appreciation day. So I went back, tagging my boyfriend along. This time it will be more for the art than for instagram.
P.S. If you’re a photography enthusiasts, this place is screaming a lot of pretty subjects.
Double P.S. I made a horrible mistake of going on International Museum day (free entrance = gazillion people)
Going to Pinto Art Museum
Since we are already from Rizal, drive only took less than a hour. From Marcos Highway, we turned right to Sumulong Highway until we reach Antipolo Simbahan. We then turned left to Ynares Center then turn right to Sierra Madre Subdivision before reaching Jollibee Antipolo Capitol. It’s always better to Waze it if you’re driving. There is no parking lot but you can park in the side of the road since it’s safe inside a subdivision.
If you’re commuting, ride a jeepney in Gateway Mall, Cubao or a UV Express in LRT-2 Santolan Station, SM Megamall or Robinson’s Galleria that will bring you to Antipolo Simbahan. From Antipolo Simbahan, you can ride a tricycle to Pinto Art Museum.
Pinto Art Museum
Pinto Art Museum as its name suggests, Pinto is the Filipino term for door, is a gateway to modern and contemporary arts and an opening door for talented artists. It has 6 galleries of contemporary arts, an indigenous section, a restaurant, a cafe and the newest Academy: Arts and Sciences for Healing and Wholeness.
As we enter Pinto Art Museum, there’s a reception first in the entrance. The entrance fee of P200/adult is waived when we went so they only made us sign up our names and addresses. After, they gave us a map of the area and we’re ready to go.
Adult – P200
Senior/PWD – P180
Students – P100
Tuesdays to Sunday, 9AM to 6PM
The first thing you’ll see as you enter from the reception is the first mediterrenean gallery, the chapel, Rizal Cafe and a garden with rustic beds and arts. The Rizal Cafe has this gorgeous windows everywhere vintage rustic interior. The menu has rice and pasta but price is a little on the expensive range (around P400/meal).
PINTO ACADEMY: ARTS & SCIENCES FOR HEALING AND WHOLENESS
This is the newest addition (Feb 2016) to the museum that is still not here when I visited 4 years ago. It took me almost a minute to be amazed on it gorgeous architecture despite the heat and the crowd. Pinto Academy will be a school for visual arts, dance, theatre and literature.
The owner, a neurologist, believes that you cannot disassociate art from science so as same as science, art can be connected to any healing process. That was the inspiration for Pinto Academy, where artists can hold seminars and lectures about art. And this can be a way to someone’s healing – treatment for depression, pain relief and stress management.
This academy has a library, conference rooms, an open-air auditorium on the rooftop of one of the building and a lot of open spaces that can be used for lectures.
THE CONTEMPORARY ART GALLERIES
Gallery per gallery, Paul and I wanted to see each artwork and read their descriptions. We stopped by on pieces that caught our attention. We started with Gallery 1 which is all paintings that has political, social and economical meaning behind it. We sat by the middle of the room and tried to understand the biggest painting that took almost one wall of the gallery.
Gallery 2, accessible via Gallery 1, is a combination of paintings, sculptures and art installations. In this gallery, I lost all the whys of each piece. Paul told me to just shift my “looking for meaning” perspective to just appreciating how beautifully it was made.
Sculpture and wire are the theme of Gallery 3. It has the famous “Hollow Man” that I usually see in Instagram and what made me excited on my first visit. When I enter the gallery, I instantly ask a little kid, maybe around 6 years old, to not touch and swing the artwork as her mother is busy chatting. Please if you’re bring a child, be responsible and educate them.
Gallery 4, however, houses the modern arts. If you’ve heard of Pinto Art Museum, you surely know the “We are the kids that your parents warned you about” art that everyone who went here has. I love it so much because it speaks the truth for most of us. There are also interactive arts here that the kids will enjoy. These gallery is definitely the art gallery the millenials will enjoy.
Gallery 5 will confuse you. It looks like a normal veranda than a gallery but if you observe carefully, you’ll see.
Between Gallery 5 and 6 is an open garden-like in the middle and mini gallery rooms – Erotica, Love and Usapang Babae.
Still in modern theme, Gallery 6 is a gallery full of paintings with the current social issues. The one side has a lot of different painting beautifully arranged together while the another side has only a black and white painting of a triathlon. It also has a mezzanine where you can shoot in a different angle. In the mezzanine, there are two rooms with chairs and the most needed wind due to the heat. We stayed on the one room to regain some strength and beat the heat.
Our energy dropped after completing the 6 galleries. It’s already nearing noon and the heat is also getting unbearable. We walked our way back to gallery 3 and climbed our way back to the other side of the 1.3 hectares museum. We saw the pool and Cafe Tan-aw, the overlooking cafe of Pinto Art Museum which I heard is beautiful at sunset.
The Indigenous Gallery
We hiked down some stairs to see another set of those white Santorini-inspired galleries but except this time it’s a lot more forest-y down here. In here, you’ll see different photos, wooden sculptures, paintings, and woven tapestries from the different indigenous tribes here in our country.
Is Pinto Art Museum worth the drive and P200?
Yes, I mean I’m not an art-kind-of-girl but I enjoyed the galleries of this museum. How much more if you’re a consistent museum goer? And compare to other museums, this one has the charm of incorporating nature and art that it doesn’t feel suffocating and fresh in the eyes. I can actually just sit in one of their art bed installations and just breathe the fresh air and the beautiful view of this white galleries. Maybe the owner is right, there is indeed a connection between art and our body.
SOME TIPS BEFORE YOU LEAVE
- Go on a weekday if you can to avoid the crowd. If you can’t, go early on a weekend.
- Wear something light and bring a bottled water and a fan. It is hot.
- Allot maybe 3 hours to completely roam the whole area. It is a 1.3 hectares museum so also wear comfortable shoes.
- You can ask for a guide or assistance in the main office if you wanted to know more about the arts.
- Take a lot of photos, okay, but please don’t forget to be one with arts, be one with nature. Drop you camera after some time and try to breathe it all in.