(SPOT.ph) If there’s anything that years of the pandemic taught us, it’s that art will continue to thrive no matter what. Art Fair Philippines, for one, came back this year with a live event, making us even more excited about exhibitions in various formats. Each show makes it more interesting for art enthusiasts to pay a visit to museums, galleries, and cultural centers. And there's no better time to visit these places than now.
Check out these art exhibits in Metro Manila for the month of April:
the song of a bird that fell in love with its cage
Jan Balquin ponders on what constitutes a painting in her solo at MO_Space Gallery. Consisting of a large-scale painting and a triptych that is weaved through actual draperies attached to the works, Balquin's exhibit interrogates the form of the painting as she contemplates silence and stillness.
Runs until April 23 at MO_Space Gallery, 3/F MOs Design, 9th Avenue, Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City.
Objects of Affection
In Objects of Affection, the participating artists feature a variety of art objects and handmade crafts that showcases everyday objects in different formats. It includes the works of Kris Abrigo, Isabel Asuncion, Indya Gotika, and Jellyfish Kisses, to name a few.
Opened on March 30 at Aphro, The Alley at Karrivin Plaza, 2316 Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Makati City.
Tangents and Secants
Exploring the mathematical concepts through collaborative work among the triumvirate of interdisciplinary artists collectively called SOMATOSONIC, Tangents and Secants "fuses custom technology with traditional media in unconventional ways." Christina Dy, Tad Ermitaño, and Marco Ortiga encourage the viewers to immerse and interact with sound and kinetic works in the space.
Runs until April 19 at Artinformal Gallery, The Alley at Karrivin, 2316 Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Makati City.
Anne Barles’ solo presentation draws inspiration from Greek mythology as it is situated in art history. Barles' reimagination of Greek gods and goddesses such as Ares, Apollo, and Zeus, highlights their influence on art-making in contemporary times.
Runs until April 14 at Secret Fresh Gallery, G/F Ronac Art Center, Ortigas Avenue, Greenhills, San Juan City.
WOMAN: Thesis and Antithesis
WOMAN: Thesis and Antithesis exhibition presents the different "visual depictions of womanhood" and is considered as the inaugural in-person exhibition of the Cultural Center of the Philippines 21AM Collection in 2023. The exhibit is complemented with free public programs on April 29, May 27, and June 24.
Runs from May 27 to June 24 at the Yuchengco Museum, RCBC Plaza, Corner Ayala Avenue and Senator Gil J. Puyat Avenue, Makati City.
In a group presentation, Alee Garibay, Romeo Lee, Art Lozano, Pogs Samson, and Alvin Florentino, reflect on art production and the shifting paradigms brought by the pandemic. “The shift from the status quo has led to an explosion of creative experimentation and re-imagined forms of art and can continue to do so, even as the pandemic slowly comes to an end,” states the exhibition notes.
Runs until April 13 at J Studio Gallery, Pasilio 18, La Fuerza Gate 1, 2241 Chino Roces Avenue, Makati City.
Sunrise, Sunset, Infinity
In Sunrise, Sunset, Infinity, everyday phenomena have become subjects and inspirations of artists in their works that are rooted in the tradition of depicting landscape paintings. The exhibition showcases works by Beth Celeste, Emmanuel Sutton, Geremy Samala, Ikea Rizalon, James Fowler, Natasha Juliano, Niel Atienza, and Rhex Dacaymat.
Runs until April 11 at Kaida Contemporary, 45 Scout Madriñan Street, South Triangle, Quezon City.
Denise Heredia expresses her state of solitude in her series of textured paintings and through the contrast of light and dark hues. According to Heredia, "solitude is an amazing state to be in because it helps [her] to be in a state of balance."
Opened on March 30 at The Provenance Art Gallery, 2/F Shangri-La at the Fort, 30th Street corner 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City.
A group of young artists, as suggested by the exhibit title, speculates on the doubts and uncertainties of French painter Paul Cézanne. Curated by Bjorn Calleja, he gathered young artists August Espino, Beth Celeste, Eze Quirante, Mad Delos Reyes, Mikko Baladjay, and Zuh Dai to respond to the prompt.
Runs from March 17 to April 5 at Underground Gallery, Makati Cinema Square, 2130 Don Chino Roces Avenue, Makati City.
Muntadas: Exercises on Past and Present Memories
Ateneo Art Gallery restages its collaborative project between renowned conceptual artist Antoni Muntadas and Centro Adaluz de Art Contemporáneo. The exhibit, which was first exhibited during the pandemic in 2021, features installations that make references to "the shared colonial memories and histories of the Philippines and Spain."
Runs until July 29 at 3/F Ateneo Art Gallery, Soledad V. Pangilinan Arts Wing, Areté, Ateneo de Manila University, Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City.