“Quadrícula (HOCUS II): The Hofileña-Custodio Paintings” at The National Museum of Fine Arts
September 17, 2019 @ 10:00 am - March 15, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
A new exhibition is opening at the National Museum of Fine Arts entitled Quadrícula (HOCUS II), which refers to the grid pattern used by the Spanish conquerors to lay out towns where Christianized Indios were forced to settle, beginning late 16th century. The quadrícula, represented the Spanish conquest of the Philippines. The HOCUS II are Hofileñas’ visions of the religious, political and socioeconomic consequences of Spanish rule and how the Filipino Indios coped with it.
This exhibition alludes to the first HOCUS painting exhibition in 2017 also at the National Museum, referring to its unique collaborative artworks of a historian and a painter. Saul Hofileña Jr. is a lawyer and historian who cannot paint to save his life; Guy Custodio is the painter who is oblivious of history. Hofileña has riveting visions in his mind about our colonial history, the concepts of each painting are his alone. Custodio interprets Hofileña’s “visions” on antique wood and canvas with masterly brushstrokes. HOCUS is the acronym of their names, they do not sign their names on the paintings; their signature is an icon, the Anghel de cuyacuy, a winged Indio in a white tunic, reading a book while jiggling one leg and propping the other, which is a custom among Filipino males.
Gemma Cruz-Araneta, former director of the National Museum of the Philippines curated the HOCUS I exhibition. She has been invited again to curate, this time the Quadrícula (HOCUSII). Expect a similar series of lectures by distinguished personalities in art, history, and heritage conservation will be offered to the public as was held during the run of the HOCUS I exhibition.
The Quadrícula (HOCUS II) exhibition will run from September 17, 2019 until March 15, 2020 at Galleries XXVII and XXVIII, fourth floor, National Museum of Fine Arts. Museum hours are from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily except on Mondays and Holidays. For more information, please call the Museum Services Division at (02) 298 1100 (local 2008) or email services.nationalmuseumph@
– from the website of the National Museum of the Philippines