10 Art Exhibits to See This March

Celebrate female empowerment through art.

(SPOT.ph) We've all witnessed the shift that the local art scene has undergone in recent years, as it has consistently gathered momentum and attracted a more mainstream audience. The question now: How do you keep that momentum going? By continuing to go out there to appreciate art, for one thing. Here are the most interesting shows on exhibit this month.

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In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, the art institution gathered a selection of over 200 posters of exhibitions, performances, and other events that have graced the complex since it opened in 1969. The exhibition traces its artistic journey—from the pursuit of a modern and international Filipino aesthetic in the '70s, to a more nationalistic search for a new Filipino identity after 1986, and to today’s celebration of the diversity in Filipino cultural traditions and histories.

Runs from March 21 to May 26 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City. For more information, visit CCP’s website.

When Does the Dancer Become the Dance?

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In When Does the Dancer Become the Dance?, Sotheby's Institute of Art Director Tony Godfrey asks: “How does the artist, and then the viewer, experience the work?” and wonders why there seems to be little discussion about the experience of making art, of immersing in art as well as the relationship between dance and visual art. The exhibit features no less than the works of Felix Bacolor, Dharma Bum, Jo Fong, Heloise Godfrey-Talbot, Eisa Jocson, Pow Martinez, Alwin Reamillo, and Jan de Bry.

Runs until April 27 at Artinformal Greenhills, 277 Connecticut Street, Mandaluyong City. For more information, visit Artinformal’s website.

Sweet Disposition

"Relais St. Germain" (watercolor on paper) by Mykie Concepcion
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Visual artist Mykie Concepcion captures the innocence of the youth in her latest exhibit titled Sweet Disposition. Here, she communicates the wistfulness and optimism of rediscovering one’s childlike disposition; constantly reminding us to find child-like wonderment in simple and seemingly ordinary things.

Runs until March 21 at ArtistSpace, G/F Ayala Museum, Makati Avenue corner Dela Rosa Street, Greenbelt Park, Ayala Center, Makati. For more information, visit Ayala Museum’s website.

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Here is an exhibit featuring long-form photography series by three Filipino photographers (Jilson Tiu, Geric Cruz, and Dianne Rosario) living in and around Manila. The series explores the often-contradictory connections between the city, its inhabitants, and the remaining natural wonders in this concrete jungle.

Runs from March 28 to May 26 at Tarzeer Pictures, 2288 Don Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Makati City. For more information, visit Tarzeer Pictures’s website.

Sidescape – Objections

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Sidescape – Objections is a collection of images from newsprint photographs by Korean artist Soun Hong. He attributes functionalities of objects and landscapes in the respective contexts of the moments they were captured on camera, and then analyzes how their fragments can be viewed and appreciated as isolated subjects.

Runs until April 20 at 1335MABINI, Karrivin Plaza, 2316 Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Makati City. For more information, visit 1335MABINI’s website.

Shutter/Screen, Window/Veil: Gendered Bodies in Southeast Asia

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Shutter/Screen, Window/Veil: Gendered Bodies in Southeast Asia pays tribute to the role of women in the Philippines as pioneers in transforming the role of art in contemporary societies and as educators of artistic communities. This exhibition addresses contemporary issues through a trans-generational effort by formulating dialogues with the younger generations of artists who continue their endeavors with new aesthetic languages.

Runs until April 6 at Metropolitan Museum of Manila, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Manila City. For more information, visit Metropolitan Museum’s website.

Continuing Growth

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Tessy Pettyjohn first started molding ceramic works often inspired by the flowers and plants in her garden. For Continuing Growth, she takes things further and moves away from the usual vases and explores how vegetation begins to appear in the litter of an abandoned world. This principle echoes profoundly how her artistic identity blossomed out of a simpler form to create more complex and haunting pieces.

Runs from March 23 to April 17 at Silverlens, 2263 Chino Roces Avenue, Makati City. For more information, visit Silverlens’s website.

Rising Odds

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In Rising Odds, visual artist Jappy Agoncillo celebrates the archetypal “hero’s journey” through the design and expansiveness of his murals. In this series, he explores the vulnerability and humanity in these heroes through their struggles, not just through their victories in the end—ultimately creating a timeless narrative that connects and inspires its audience.

Runs from March 28 to April 18 at Pineapple Lab Gallery, 6053 R. Palma Street, Barangay Poblacion, Makati City. For more information, visit Pineapple Lab’s website.

Sa Dagat at Bundok

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Sa Dagat at Bundok features the works of female jewelry designer Wynn Wynn Ong. Born into a family of women who collected jewelry, Ong began to emerge as a visionary in the design industry for her distinctive sense of aesthetics, especially in keepsakes of authentic tradition. In this exhibition, sculptures and jewelry pay tribute to the diversity of the Philippines. The pieces were crafted using silver and other metal alloys through traditional methods of jewelry-making, such as sculpting, repousse, metallurgy, and gilding, as well as the archaic method of lost wax casting.

Runs until April 6 at Metropolitan Museum of Manila, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Manila City. For more information, visit Metropolitan Museum’s website. 

Gold in Our Veins

"Almuhit" by Mark Higgins
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Gold in Our Veins features the works of educator Mark Lewis Lim Higgins. Assuming the role of artist-as-curator, Higgins goes into the pre-Hispanic history of the country and reimagined antiquity through a series of portraits he calls “imagined anthropologies.” His paintings feature aristocratic men and women surrounded by tropical flora, ancient sea routes and maps, gold ornaments, animist symbols, and sacred idols that celebrate the complex heritage and shared culture of Southeast Asia from the Philippine perspective.

Runs until May 26 at Ayala Museum, Makati Avenue corner Dela Rosa Street, Greenbelt Park, Ayala Center, Makati. For more information, visit Ayala Museum’s website.

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