10 Art Exhibits to See This April

From elegant art objects to candid photographs

 

(SPOT.ph) For the month of April, we look at how art immortalizes various periods in our history and the many sectors in our society. We witness the development of pop culture through Mars Ravelo's early works, witness the transformation of natural objects into objets d'art, immortalize the dying culture of our tribal groups through photographs, and see people in their unguarded moments through street photography. These sets of visual memories remind us that art keeps history alive, but at the same time calls our attention to the impermanence of life.

 

 

Wynn Wynn Ong: Redefining Boundaries

Yuchengco Museum celebrates Wynn Wynn Ong's 15 years in fashion and design through a retrospective exhibition of her distinct collections of art, furniture, couture, and objets d'art. Burmese by birth but Filipino at heart, the jewelry designer uses local wood and recycled materials and incorporates her interest in Philippine flora and fauna into her creations. Also on display are portraits of Ong's muses, captured on camera by model-photographer Jo Ann Bitagcol.

 

The exhibit runs until June 15 at the Yuchengco Museum.

 

The Yuchengco Museum is at RCBC Plaza, Ayala Avenue corner Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenue, Makati City. For more information, visit Yuchengco Museum's website.

 

 

Seascapes: Tranquility and Agitation

Amid maritime disputes, the Metropolitan Museum of Manila presents selected paintings of seascapes—from Ibn Saud Salipyasin Ahmad's rendition of a turbulent beach titled "Uttarah" to Martha Atienza's video installation on seafarers titled "Gilubong ang Akon Pusod sa Dagat" ("My Navel is Buried in the Sea"). This coincides with an exhibition of antique Philippine maps and sea charts called Mapping the Philippine Seas, which runs until April 29 also at the MET.

 

The exhibit runs until April 29 at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila.

 

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

 

 

Chicken Hands

Ryan Arbilo, a Filipino photographer and videographer based in Paris, focuses on the hands of the tired and weary Filipina housemaids living in France in an exhibit aptly titled Chicken Hands. This not only presents the rampant emigration of Filipinos to the other side of the world, but also reflects on the perseverance and endurance of these women despite the loneliness on their faces. "The significance of seeing their bare hands—their 'Chicken Hands,' as a symbol of the sacrifice and demeaning treatment they endure, both inspired and moved me to tell their story the best way I knew how: through the art of photography," shares Arbilo.

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The exhibit runs from April 25 to June 17 at Yuchengco Museum.

 

The Yuchengco Museum is at RCBC Plaza, Ayala Avenue corner Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenue, Makati City. For more information, visit Yuchengco Museum's website.

 

 

Lucid Dreaming

Rita Marie's Lucid Dreaming is a show that's 10 years in the making. It's a combination of photographs she took while in New York, Toronto, and Manila, and paintings from various artists that inspire her. All in all, the exhibit is a story about a young artist's journey of self-discovery.

 

The exhibit runs from April 20 to May 20 at A SPACE Greenbelt.

 

A SPACE Greenbelt is at 110, Legazpi Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City. For more information, visit A SPACE Greenbelt on Facebook.

 

 

Lying in State

The Cultural Center of the Philippiness is celebrating the birth centennial of National Artist Cesar F. Legaspi with an exhibit of his works from the late 1960s to the mid-1980s. During this period, it was considered a form of suicide to be critical of the practices of the Marcos administration, particularly the atrocities of the Martial Law period. Lying in State also ponders the state of repressed dissonance happening among young artists of today.

 

The exhibit runs until June 4 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines' Main Gallery, Pasilyo Vicente Manansala (2/F Hallway), and Pasilyo Guillermo Tolentino (3/F Hallway).

 

The Cultural Center of the Philippines is at CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City. For more information, visit CCP's website.

 

 

In Color: The Photography of Misadventurers

The husband-and-wife team of Jasper and Rachel Tejano goes on deliberate misadventures to capture stories worth telling, or "special human moments," through photographs. In Color: The Photography of Misadventurers is a collection of images that reflect on finding home and creating new perspectives. Part of the proceeds from this exhibit will go to the couples’ favorite children's services charity.

 

The exhibit runs until April 16 at Solaire's The Shoppes Artway.

 

The Solaire is at 1 Asean Avenue, Entertainment City, Tambo, Parañaque City. For more information, visit Solaire’s website.

 

 

Another World

Russ Ligtas, a Cebuano artist living in Manila, uses various media for his art and Another World is no different. His persona is a lone being from a distant planet sending signals out into space. This reflects on an individual's reality and how he/she is a vessel of various ironies and intersections within him/her and that of outside forces.

 

The exhibit runs until April 15 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines' Bulwagang Fernando Amorsolo (Small Gallery).

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The Cultural Center of the Philippines is at CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City. For more information, visit CCP's website.

 

 

Before They Were Gone

Curious Curator's third exhibition is an homage to the Panay Bukidnon community through featured works of Negros-based artists Aeson Baldevia and Jovito Hecita. It hopes to immortalize the legacy of one of the last indigenous groups in the Capiz-Lambunao mountains of Panay Island. Photographer Baldevia captured on camera their day-to-day lives, including how they prepare for their well-preserved rituals and how they do their chants and dances. Painter Hecita used his interweaving strokes to portray their beautiful crafts, such as the hand-sewn panubok and biningkit jewelry.

 

The exhibit runs from April 7 to 9 at Workhaus Manila.

 

Workhaus Manila is at 14/F Sagittarius Building, 111 H.V. Dela Costa Street, Makati City. For more information, visit Curious Curator on Facebook.

 

 

Digital Dimensions

See Yuchengco Museum's whitewashed walls transform into abstract renditions through the "Genesis" video series by Japanese media artist Naoko Tosa. It features the amazing chemical reaction between Japanese colored inks and dry-ice in water, captured by high-speed cameras. Also on display is the video art projection of "Sound of Ikebana: Four Seasons."

 

The exhibit runs until April 11 at the Yuchengco Museum.

 

The Yuchengco Museum is at RCBC Plaza, Ayala Avenue corner Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenue, Makati City. For more information, visit Yuchengco Museum's website.

 

 

Mars Ravelo: Early Works

Writer and artist Mars Ravelo gave us almost 300 comic book titles with stories that range from superhero adventures to science fiction, and romantic narratives. A year after the centennial of his birth, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts presents works he created from the 1940s to the 1950s. It's the perfect opportunity to get to know Darna, Lastikman, and Kapitan Boom.

 

The exhibit runs until April 20 at NCCA Gallery.

 

NCCA Gallery is at G/F National Commission for Culture and the Arts, 633 Gen. Luna Street, Intramuros, Manila. For more information, visit National Commission for Culture and the Arts on Facebook.

 

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