10 Art Exhibits to See This February

It's a busy month!

 

(SPOT.ph) Aside from this month’s big art festivals such as the Art Fair Philippines, Pasinaya, and Fringe Manila, several galleries and museums all over the Metro are also opening new exhibits in celebration of the National Arts Month. Not to mention that a new spot in an up-and-coming lifestyle hub in Makati is having its inaugural art event.

 

We round up shows that you should check out. These could be perfect Valentine’s Day date ideas, too!

 

 

“Red Painting” by Nestor Olarte Vinluan

 

Paintings/Installations/Objects IV

Nestor Olarte Vinluan, a celebrated abstractionist who has been painting for almost 50 years now, holds the fourth installment of his solo exhibit series. Through various shades of blues, browns, and reds, he explores the meaning of the sublime, investigates the significance of harmony, and deconstructs everyday objects. He's best known for circular shapes and curvilinear lines, and Paintings/Installations/Objects will once again display the artist's technique in free-flowing gestures.

 

The exhibit runs from February 4 to 25 at Galleria Duemila.

 

Galleria Duemila is at 210 Loring Street, Pasay City. For more information, visit Galleria Duemila's website.

 

 

“Carousel” by Ronald Ventura

 

Shadow Forest: Encounters and Explorations

Shadow Forest is Filipino artist Ronald Ventura's most comprehensive solo exhibition to date. It showcases a variety of the artist’s works, from lithograph prints he made in the '90s to life-size mechanical carousels he produced in 2016. The exhibit presents a collection of over 100 pieces, all reflecting his stance on social issues such as national identity and climate change.

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The exhibit runs until March 4 at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila.

 

The Metropolitan Museum of Manila is at Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Manila. For more information, visit MET's website.

 

 

Artwork by Han Ho

 

Eternal Light

Eternal Light features Han Ho, a Korean artist known for integrating light into his traditional paintings. Through video art, he explores the nature of human emotions, inner conflict, and hope in his newest exhibit. Ho is regarded as the successor of video artist Nam June Paik.

 

The exhibit runs from February 9 to April 28 at the Korean Cultural Center.

 

Korean Cultural Center is at Mancor Corporate Building, 2/F 32nd Street, Taguig City. For more information, visit Korean Cultural Center's website.

 

 

 

Prelude

Bellas Artes Outpost, a new exhibit space in Makati, jumpstarts its run in the art industry through Mexican artist Carlos Amorales' Prelude. On display is an interactive installation, "We'll See How All Reverberates" (2012), which takes the form of three suspended mobile sculptures balanced by copper cymbals. Inspired by the works of modernist Alexander Calder, the sculpture invites viewers to create their own music through the gongs.

 

The exhibit opens on February 10 at Bellas Artes Outpost.

 

Bellas Artes Outpost is at 2/F The Alley, Karrivin Plaza, Chino Roces Avenue, Makati City. For more information, visit Bellas Artes Projects' Facebook.

 

 

Self-portrait by Jose Garcia Villa

 

Lines: Pictures and Poems by Jose Garcia Villa

National Artist for Literature Jose Garcia Villa is popular in Philippine literary history for his modernist form during a period of rhyme and meter. Imagine, his poem "The Bashful One" is a single comma in the middle of a blank page. Lines: Pictures and Poems presents his works as a visual artist, which is not far from his repertoire as a wordsmith.

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The exhibit runs until May 20 at Ateneo Art Gallery.

 

Ateneo Art Gallery is at 2/F Old Rizal Library Special Collections Building, Ateneo de Manila University, Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights, Quezon City. For more information, visit Ateneo Art Gallery's website.

 

 

“Ang Paglalakbay” by Antipas Delotavo

 

Ligalig: Art in a Time of Turmoil

Works by Benedicto Cabrera, Emmanuel Garibay, Jose Tence Ruiz, and more tackle socio-political issues that continue to persist in the country until today. Commentaries on poverty, extrajudicial killlings, Martial Law, and plight of workers are presented through paintings, prints, drawing, mixed media works, and video installations by leading Filipino visual artists.

 

The exhibit runs until May 27 at Ateneo Art Gallery.

 

Ateneo Art Gallery is at 2/F Old Rizal Library Special Collections Building, Ateneo de Manila University, Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights, Quezon City. For more information, visit Ateneo Art Gallery's website.

 

 

“Queen of Swords” by Katrina Pallon

 

All About Women

Art Anton, a new gallery in Conrad Hotel, features artists Katrina Pallon, Jonathan Benitez, Emel Espiritu, and more to pay homage to Filipino womanhood. The artworks vary in reflecting the attributes of the female throughout history—from the selfless Maria Clara, to the women warriors, and to brave women in the modern world.

 

The exhibit runs until February 20 at Art Anton.

 

Art Anton is at S Maison, Conrad Hotel Manila, Marina Way, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City. For more information, visit Art Anton's Facebook.

 

 

 

Pauses of Possibility

Marina Cruz, Kara de Dios, Elaine Navas, and Pam Yan Santos present large-scale works and sculptural pieces to reflect moments of silence, a seemingly opposing theme for the form. Alongside the artworks are pieces by Juan Luna and Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo to amplify and convey thoughts on memory and introspection.

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The exhibit runs until June 17 at Lopez Museum and Library.

 

Lopez Museum is at G/F Benpres Building, Exchange Road corner Meralco Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. For more information, visit Lopez Museum's website.

 

 

"Ghost Teen" by Apichatpong Weerasethakul

 

The Serenity of Madness

Thai artist Apichatpong Weerasethakul's works tackle personal politics and social issues through experimental films often regarded as surrealist in nature. He employs historical allusions, myths, and even satires in his production.

 

The exhibit runs until May 14 at the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design.

 

Museum of Contemporary Art and Design is at College of Saint Benilde’s School of Design and Art, Dominga Street, Malate, Manila. For more information, visit MCAD's website.

 

 

 

Epilogue

Manila-based artist Ryan Villamael presents in his sixth one-person exhibition a collection of paper structures that seem to be spilling out of old books. It's the artist's attempt to tell stories amid the shifting political climate filled with biases, fake news, and historical revisionism.

 

The exhibit runs until March 22 at Silverlens.

 

Silverlens is at 2263 Don Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Makati City. For more information, visit Silverlens’ website.

 

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