Nichole and I went to Pinto Art Museum for his birthday two months ago. It honestly felt like mine because I’ve been bugging him for months already about going there. So when we had the chance to actually cross this off from our list, we grabbed it.
I’ve been seeing a lot of friends and people I follow on Instagram who already went there + I’ve read through a bunch of articles labeling it as a place that’s a must to visit. We went there around 2 or 3 in the afternoon by car and since it was a weekday, there were only a few people around (including two couples who were having their prenup photos taken there).
We paid P180 each for the entrance and we were given a menu for the Pinto Cafe and a map of the place. We actually had no idea where to start but we tried to look at all galleries possible so we just went straight ahead from where the shop/main office was. Some artworks were for sale (and I still think they are now) and if ever someone was interested in purchasing any of it, the shop was the place to ask how much it would cost.
I took a lot of photos (and I mean a lot!!!) but I’ll only be sharing my favorite ones. I only used my phone (Sony Xperia Z3) and edited them in VSCOCam. Almost every corner of Pinto Art Museum was really picturesque that’s why I have a lot of photos during our trip there (183 to be exact, so trust me, it was so hard to choose photos for this post). Not only were the artworks Instagram-worthy, but the whole place was.!!!
Before proceeding to the galleries, we passed by a chapel (which I was not able to take a picture of because there were construction workers near it) and then went straight ahead to a meditation garden dedicated to Leonor Rivera and Dr. Jose Rizal. There was also a Rizal Cafe there. We weren’t able to take photos of the actual place because there were people sitting in the table outside of the cafe which I presumed were students doing a project.
Artworks outside of the Galleries
There were artworks outside of almost every spot. I love how the place was filled with trees because I love green so much. I was really scared to go near the one near the pond because I was afraid frogs would jump out of it (my friends know how much I am afraid of frogs.
Now before I go on and write about the galleries, I would like to be really honest that I cannot provide you with an in-depth description of each one of them because I’m not really an expert in critiquing art. I don’t even know how to draw a decent person! But I really know how to appreciate good ones when I see them.
There were five galleries inside Pinto Art Museum. I love that it was all organized and that all works depicting one idea/theme were all in one place.
This gallery was more on paintings (we specially loved the big painting at the end of this post 😉 ) showcasing different Filipino activities. Upon seeing the big painting on the wall, I could not help but say “Wow!” like a little child. It was breathtaking.
The second one was more on mixed media (OMG, my MAPEH teachers in highschool will be so proud I still remember this HAHA): paintings, sculptures, and other objects. Each painting on the wall had its own story, and the sculptures around the place were really interesting. We were trying to imagine how each was made.
The next one had some paintings and wired sculptures. I feel especially drawn to the wired sculptures because if you look closely, you’ll see the intricacy and detail the artist(/s) applied on each artwork.
Galleries 4 and 5
The last two galleries contained what I deemed were mostly abstract and modern art. I sometimes ask myself why my sister got the artistic genes instead of me. Being surrounded by artworks like this, and to think of the possibility that some of the artists are of the same age as me, it just makes me want to be good at it too!
Among those five galleries, the paintings and pieces below are my favorites. I figured I was drawn more closely to the wire artworks because they seemed like real people minus all the missing body parts. But I have to say, I was really amazed with it!
Museum of Indigenous Art
There was also a part of Pinto Art that featured indigenous art. I find it quite appealing that these have been produced way back. There were textiles hung around this place, majestic pieces of art, and even jewelry!
Some photos outside of the Galleries
Here’s a good look around the place. I see why a lot of couples want their prenup photos taken here. It gives you that vintage-ish vibe which is perfect for romantic photos! I love how the Museum of Indigenous Art looked like a Greek house. And the gardens are but beauties.
My Overall Experience
I had an amazing time. The excitement I felt about this place months before we actually went there? Well, it didn’t go down the drain. I was not disappointed at all. No matter how tiring it was to actually walk around, take pictures, and admire the beauty of each artwork (and oh, don’t you worry about that because they have resting places in each gallery!), it was all worth it!
You might have noticed that I didn’t post anything about the food. It was because before we went there, we just ate our lunch. Halfway through our visit there, we only ordered shakes in the Pinto Cafe because we were still full and we were only thirsty. I think there are about three cafes inside so you don’t have to worry about getting hungry.
Before I end this post, here’s my favorite photo of us while we were there. It’s a struggle not having a camera fit for self-timers or a tripod for the phone. I really think I need to consider buying a GoPro soon. LOL.
You might find the title of this post weird because obviously, how can art literally open a door? I’m not being literal. I say art-opened doors because the artworks in this museum can actually open the doors of a person’s heart, mind, and soul. It’s not just there for the sake of display or Instagram. When you stare at each artwork for a long time, it just makes you feel something. I felt really drawn to a few of the artworks and they still have the same effect on me whenever I browse through my Pinto Art photos.
Glad we were able to come here. Pinto Art made my growing interest for art deeper. 🙂
Pinto Art Museum
1 Sierra Madre St., Grand Heights Subdivision, Antipolo, Philippines
PHP180 for regular ticket
PHP150 for senior citizens and PWD with valid IDs
PHP 100 for children and students with proper school IDs
Guided Tour Schedule:
09:00 am – 11:00 am
12:00 nn – 02:00 pm
02:00 pm – 04:00 pm
04:30 pm – 06:00 pm
Well that’s it. Where to next? 🙂