10 Art Exhibits to See This December

From an artist's own introspection to a group exhibit in an unlikely setting.

(SPOT.ph) The local art scene has seen a definite shift in recent years, consistently gathering momentum and attracting a more mainstream audience. What better way to celebrate this newfound interest in art than checking out a wide range of exhibits? This month is about works derived from artists’ personal artistic journeys, and how creative spaces provide inspiration and give their viewers a reference for interpreting their art.


Apparently, our brains are not very good at learning from past mistakes, and so we tend to keep on making them. This process of learning and relearning is the main narrative in Lyndon Maglalang's new works. In his latest exhibition, he revisits the entirety of his journey in art and the decisions he made along the way.

Runs until December 15 at Galerie Stephanie, 4/F East Wing, Shangri-La Plaza, EDSA corner Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City. For more information, visit Galerie Stephanie’s website.


School of Love

In School of Love, Lani Maestro installs a cluster of art pieces inside the Calle Wright art house—pieces that she refers to as tender poems, a memorial or tributary to people or things felt. Here, she offers an initiation of a dialogue between the art and the art viewer, a reciprocal relationship where various complex subjectivities emerge and in which the audience becomes the subject as they connect with the work they see.

Runs until March 3, 2019 at the Calle Wright Art House, 1890 Vasquez Street, Malate, Manila. For more information, visit Calle Wright’s website.

Toggle: Engage-Disengage

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Toggle: Engage-Disengage is a two-man exhibit by Jose Tence Ruiz and acclaimed illustrator DengCoy Miel. In a collection curated by Ruiz, they present works that explore the past and present as different locations in mankind's journey. The two artists also explore the concept of indifference as people disengage from reality in a world dominated by the Internet and digital media.

Runs until January 5, 2019 at Artinformal Greenhills, 277 Connecticut Street, Mandaluyong City. For more information, visit Artinformal’s website.

Territory: Gus Albor Works from 1969-2018

"Etherfield" by Gus Albor

Gus Albor is a painter and sculptor that has been a stalwart of the Philippine art scene since the 1970s. He is popularly known for his minimalist abstraction pieces. Territory: Gus Albor Works from 1969-2018 is the largest gathering of his works that spans 49 years.

Runs until February 10, 2019 at Ayala Museum, Makati Avenue corner De La Rosa Street, Makati City. For more information, visit Ayala Museum’s website.


to paint / to weave

"Variations on Gestures No. 03" by Thao Nguyen Phan

to paint / to weave by Thao Nguyen Phan is a series of watercolor paintings on Vietnamese silk, which depict women weaving in various forms. The manifestation of the exhibit was heavily influenced by Phan's visit to Payatas-based social enterprise Rags2Riches and its artisan communities, and is also her personal artistic journey in attempting to bridge the medium of painting and weaving.

Runs until January 20, 2019 at Ateneo Art Gallery, Arts Wing, Areté, Ateneo de Manila University, Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights, Quezon City. For more information, visit Ateneo Art Gallery’s website.

This is how to be a woman of the world?


Nikki Luna’s work deals with the violence perpetrated against women and girls. The exhibit’s title, This is how to be a woman of the world?  is a direct quote from President Rodrigo Duterte, when he launched a scathing attack against Sen. Leila de Lima in August 2016. "Anong ipakita mo sa mga babae? Follow me, sabihin mo? This is how to be a woman of the world?" he said, to shame the senator. In her exhibit, Luna communicates an advocacy for women's rights by challenging the systemic violence that permits disrespect for women in the country and the rest of the world.

Runs until December 22 at 1335 Mabini, C1B Karrivin Plaza, 2316 Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Makati City. For more information, visit 1335Mabini’s website

Painting Palettes/Palette Paintings II

"Patty" by Elaine Navas

Elaine Navas has a deep fascination for abstract paintings. Her works, however, are not found on canvas, but rather smeared onto the tools used to craft each work of art—the palettes. In Painting Palettes/Palette Paintings II, she continues the series that she began in 2014 on the recommendation of her mentor—conceptual artist Roberto Chabet. The palettes that Navas paints in this show are of other prominent artists in the Philippine art scene rendered with her signature impasto style.


Runs until December 22 at Silverlens, 2263 Chino Roces Avenue, Makati City. For more information, visit Silverlens’ website.


Juan Alcazaren, Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan, Mariano Ching, and 15 other contemporary artists come together to express their own notions of the theme: structures. Ironically, the exhibitors that come from diverse backgrounds were not given any constraints from the curator, Christina Quisumbing Ramilo, thus eliminating any form of structure.

Runs from December 15 to January 13, 2019 at MO_Space Gallery, 3/F MOs Design, B2 Bonifacio High Street, 9th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City. For more information, visit MO_Space on Facebook.



Galleries form the backbone of the art world; spaces that provide points of departures for narratives, as well as determinants of context and influence. In Descend, nine artists showcase works that explore the aesthetics of a gallery—in this case, GIG Gallery—and how one draws meaning through the space surrounding a piece of art.

The exhibit runs until December 29 at GIG Gallery, Eurovilla I, 142 Legazpi Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City. For more information, follow GIG Gallery’s Facebook page.

Ordo Ab Chao

Ordo Ab Chao comes from the Latin expression that means “order out of chaos” or “order from disorder.” In this latest exhibition by Yasmin Sison, Christina Quisumbing Ramilo, and Pam Yan Santos, they explore the possibilities of the creative process while in the state of constant disarray. The exhibition features the trio's personal experiences that they draw out to craft new meanings. It showcases Ramilo’s sensitive approach to material and site specificity, the recurring childhood elements seen in Sison’s works, and Yan Santos’ multi-layered pieces. 


Runs until December 22 at Silverlens, 2263 Chino Roces Avenue, Makati City. For more information, visit Silverlens’ website.

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