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August 3, 2020

Filled with art books that cover everything from architecture to monographs to visual art and much more, BAP library boasts a diverse and strong collection of over 1,000 books that covers wide reaching and unexpected topics.


Bellas Artes Projects works with all of our resources to provide more access to art in Manila and more widely in the Philippines as a whole. When we created our library in 2017, it was with the hope that we could provide direct access to rare books while encouraging engagement with art not only through our exhibitions, but through our book resources as well. Art is culture, history, and expression and we are proud to offer a space where research, as well as more casual browsing, is encouraged and nurtured. With a brief introduction to the next four books, we hope to spark your interest as we extend our invitation to you to take advantage of our Outpost Library.

“Filipinos at War: The Fight for Freedom from Mactan to EDSA” (Vera-Reyes Inc, Philippines) (1981) by Carlos Quirino.

“Filipinos at War” is a gripping account of a people’s four-hundred-year struggle for independence. This book provides a fresh perspective on Filipino narratives of war, detailing major events from Magellan’s heroic defeat to the Fall of Bataan. It is an enriching visual experience, accentuated by photographs, maps and illustrations.

“Between Declarations and Dreams: Art of Southeast Asia since the 19th Century” (National Gallery Singapore, 2015) ed. by Low Sze Wee.

Between Declarations and Dreams is an exhibition catalogue of the on-going exhibition at the National Gallery of Singapore accompanied with essays exploring the story of Southeast Asian art since the 19th century. It examines the notion of ‘art’ by Southeast Asian artists, the processes in their art making and their shared experiences as forming part of the region “Southeast Asia.”

“Contemporary Asian Art” (Thames & Hudson Ltd., 2010) by Melissa Chiu and Benjamin Genocchio.

Contemporary Asian Art is a wide-ranging survey of the 21st century phenomenon of contemporary Asian art in the international art world. It examines key issues and themes such as the relationship of art to history, tradition, politics, the state, consumerism, and popular culture that is present in Asian art of today.

“Concept Context Contestation: Art and The Collective in Southeast Asia” (Bangkok Art and Culture Centre Foundation, 2014) ed. by Iola Lenzi.

Concept Context Contestation is an exhibition catalogue comprising works and essays by different Southeast Asian artists, writers, and historians. The book’s contents tackles the cross-national and cross-generational expressive dialogues that reveals the region’s deployment of conceptual approaches in the making of art with social purpose. It illustrates the way in which Southeast Asian contemporary art meshes with life.


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