This Exhibit at The Met Reveals a Different Kind of Manila

It runs until August 26.

Manila Bay Sunset


( When you think of Manila, a lot of things come to mind. There's the romantic image of the Walled City with its fortress and cobblestone streets, the beautiful displays at the National Museum, and the unbeatable Manila Bay sunset. On the flip side, there are also the rugged streets of Tondo, the crumbling walls of Escolta's structures, and the seemingly hopeless traffic jam in every corner. The Metropolitan Museum of Manila shows all these as part of the city's enduring and evolving identity through its newest exhibit—Manila: Hidden in Plain Sight.



Joining the exhibit are Filipino contemporary artists Manix Abrera, Tad Ermitaño, Dina Gadia, Cocoy Lumbao, Leeroy New, Issay Rodriguez, Denise M. Weldon, and MM Yu. Their works reflect on Manila's rich colonial heritage and how the urban landscape continuously grows and changes as city dwellers come in and out of the borders.


Complementing the exhibit are talks by Fang-Tze Hsu and Tad Ermitaño on July 22, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the MET. In the upcoming dialogue, Hsu examines the tension on cities as spaces of encounter and exchange, and how this can be a jump-off point for a collective urban memory. Participating artist Ermitaño's main topic for the talk is his recent work, "Gillage: History, Modernity, and Conjecture," which mimics Manila's residential set-up of informal settlements side by side with expensive village homes.



Manila: Hidden in Plain Sight runs until August 26 at Metropolitan Museum of Manila, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Malate, Manila. For more information, visit MET's website.


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