Holding Room





This is a multi-purpose hall where large groups are briefed before they are led through the rooms. Symposia, film viewing, concerts, and other events can also be held here.

The main piece in the room is a mural of inkjet on tarpaulin titled Malliarium (2000). It is an interpretation of the Spoliarium in the context of the mall culture of our time. The relationship between a 19th century national treasure and a collaborative work using digital technology of the 21st century is interesting and provocative. …It also makes us aware that art in the National Gallery emerges from the past and looks toward the future in the presence of a current audience.

Around the room are texts about the history of the building, which used to house the Philippine Legislature, and the relationship between Philippine art and the National Museum.