10 Art Exhibits to See This May
Get your fill of culture this month!
(SPOT.ph) If you’re tired of the usual movie marathon or shopping spree, there’s always an art exhibit or two to check out in the Metro. A day at a museum or gallery will probably even cost you less, plus you’ll get to see the wealth of talent in the city through art. If you don't know where to start, check out this list!
"S'kool" by Jose Tence Ruiz
This is Jose Tence Ruiz’s first solo show after being one of the artists who represented the Philippines at the Venice Biennale, considered the Olympics of the art world. Ruiz presents large-scale installations in the form of a half-tower, half-poor man’s cart, a fallen tower with a man stuck inside of it, a sculpture that references mangroves and Mother Nature, and a trophy covered with velvet strips—a critique of society’s ills. By depicting absurdity of the cotillion gown or dressing up important art and literary figures in security guard uniforms, he tackles the issues of power and prestige.
The exhibit runs until May 28 at Silverlens.
Silverlens is at 2/F YMC Building 2, 2320 Don Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Makati City. For more information, visit Silverlens’ website.
New Sculpture (Unskilled and Unaware of It)
Lara de los Reyes presents earthenware with blue and white colors similar to Chinese porcelain in New Sculpture. Instead of dainty designs, the artworks have contemporary and humorous images. There's a naked woman with the words "slip it in", there's a skull with the word "a**hole," and a crushed can with a devil image that’s surrounded by pills. Through these sculptures, she questions the pride of place given to the so-called talented and champions the raw potency of the unskilled.
The exhibit runs until June 11 at Pablo Galleries.
Pablo Galleries is at 11th and 24th Street, C-11 South of Market, Bonifacio Global City. For more information, visit Pablo Galleries' website.
Portrait of Salvador Bernal by Rafael del Casal
Badong: Salvador Bernal Designs the Stage
The first theater set designer who won the National Artist award is Salvador Bernal. On display at this exhibit are the scale models of his sets, costumes that he designed, and drawings of costumes. As a set designer, Bernal didn’t want to be a mere decorator but an artist with a vision. Through his pieces, one will see how he used visual metaphors to enhance the central meaning of a production.
The exhibit runs until July 2 at Ateneo Art Gallery.
Ateneo Art Gallery is at 2/L Rizal Library Special Collections Building, Ateneo de Manila University, Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights, Quezon City. For more information, visit Ateneo Art Gallery’s website.
Art Fair Philippines 2016 featured artist Martha Atienza’s show involves a video of an Ati-Atihan where the locals have inserted modern characters into the parade, making the whole thing look humorous and idiosyncratic. There's a Yolanda victim on a stretcher but dressed in a Jesus-like loin cloth, there's a kid swinging a huge bottle of Red Horse, there are pregnant unwed mothers, men with machine guns, and more. The video showcases how modern peculiarities can seep into this traditional and iconic parade.
The exhibit runs until May 28 at Silverlens Galleries.
Silverlens is at at 2/F YMC Building 2, 2320 Don Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Makati City. For more information, visit Silverlens’ website.
Photo by Geric Cruz
Filipinas: Photographs by Isa Lorenzo
Interested by the power of Filipinas, Isa Lorenzo created a photo exhibition of 30 great women. The illustrious group includes Cory Aquino, Solita Monsod, Anita Magsaysay-Ho, Gilda Cordero-Fernando, Gloria Romero, Armida Siguinon-Reyna, National Artist Daisy Avellana, and more. It was first exhibited 10 years ago at the Cultural Center of the Philippines and toured around Europe. Through the exhibit, one can learn about these admirable women and how much they have contributed to our society.
The exhibit runs until June 19 at the National Museum of Anthropology and then the show will tour around the country.
The National Museum of Anthropology is at Finance Road, Manila. For more information, visit The National Museum’s website.
"Beast" by Marc Gaba
Days of Creation
Marc Gaba seeks to create spiritual art with a contemporary slant at Galleria Duemila. He has created large-scale paintings where all of the shapes are made out of stripes, made a piece composed of photocopies of his hands, and an artwork where you're allowed to change the shape of the piece. The works invite you to give your time so that you can slow down, look at them, and reflect upon their meaning.
The exhibit runs until May 30 at Galleria Duemila.
Galleria Duemila is at 210 Loring Street, Pasay City. For more information, visit Galleria Duemila’s website.
"Jeepney" by Antonio Austria
6 Decades of A.G. Austria
The first retrospective exhibition of painter Antonio Austria will cover six decades of the artist’s career. The paintings capture the life of Filipinos by depicting iconic images like the sari-sari store, the harana, jeeps, and more. Done in his signature style, the artworks have been inspired by folk art, craft, and religious icons.
The exhibit runs from May 7 until July 10 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.
The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) is at Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City. For more information, visit the CCP’s website.
"Appreciation" by Denver Garza
The Hidden Is Waiting
Denver Garza creates paintings with pixelized images in The Hidden Is Waiting. Through this style, the blurred-out figures then become “hidden,” thus sparking mystery and intrigue. The artist seeks to understand himself, to talk about his experiences, and to discuss his perception of other people.
The exhibit runs until May 28 at Post Gallery.
Post Gallery is at Shop 7, Cubao Expo, Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City. For more information, visit Pablo Galleries’ website.
"Jamon de Crisis"
Tapas: Spanish Design for Food
The Metropolitan Museum of Manila is featuring Spanish avant-garde food designs in this exhibit. It features more than 200 objects and instruments, videos, photographs, and installations. The exhibit invites the viewers to see the act of eating as not just a necessary survival activity but an experience brimming with culture and art.
The exhibit runs until June 16 at The Metropolitan Museum of Manila.
The Metropolitan Museum of Manila is at the complex of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, Roxas Boulevard, Manila. For more information, visit the Metropolitan Museum of Manila’s website.
A large-scale installation made of cardboard sheets is at the center of Mica Cabildo and Stephanie Choi's exhibit. When brought together, they look like stacked cards that can be easily blown away. As though threatening an impending chaos, the artwork was inspired by Philippine typhoons.
The exhibit runs until May 22 at the CCP.
The CCP is at Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City. For more information, visit the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ website.