10 Art Exhibits to See This February

From street art to other-worldly assemblages.

(SPOT.ph) We've all witnessed the shift 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 exhibits worth seeing this February: 

Collecting Space 

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Calle Wright, for its opening show this year, presents the works of conceptual artist Joe Bautista in a show titled Collecting Space. Bautista looks into how things or objects are connected to each other through installation and assembled objects. 

Runs from February 9 to May 10 at Calle Wright, 1980 Vasquez Street, Malate, Manila City. For more information, visit Calle Wright’s website. 

Constructions of Truths 

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Through projected images and video art, the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, in partnership with the Han Nefkens Foundation, invites the audience to reflect on the way people perceive truth and to question its authenticity. Constructions of Truths exhibition includes Filipino artists such as Martha Atienza and Maria Taniguchi. 

Runs from February 6 to April 12 at the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, Dominga Street, Malate, Manila City. For more information, follow MCAD on Facebook

Existence 

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On their 10th anniversary, Space Encounters Gallery puts the spotlight on street art as it features the works of a Cavite-based street artist group called Cavity Collective, also known as CVTY (yes, their name is a play on Cavite). With the aim to make art accessible by engaging the public, Existence will also hold a live mural-painting session where the audience can participate in painting. 

Runs from February 8 to 28 at Space Encounters Gallery, Unit 7D, 7/F Padilla Building, F. Ortigas Jr. Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. For more information, visit, Space Encounters’ website. 

Unmapping Territories 

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Young artist and painting major Kat Grow examines the layers of Earth by highlighting elements of colors and textures in her artworks. Unmapping Territories, which was the product of her short stay in Suzhou, is her personal journey of freeing one’s self through art and exploration of contradictions between Manila and Beijing. 

Runs until February 15 at Galerie Stephanie, Unit 4021, East Wing, Shangri-La Plaza, EDSA corner Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City. For more information, visit Galerie Stephanie’s website

Cosmic Grounds 

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Eric Zamuco makes use of discarded objects he found within his neighborhood and transforms them into sculptures and assemblage pieces. In Cosmic Grounds, Zamuco’s works serve as his meditations on the inevitable.   

Runs until February 15 at Silverlens at 2263 Don Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Makati City. For more information, visit Silverlens’ website. 

Kay Ganda ng Ating Musika 

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Kay Ganda ng Ating Musika pays homage to master composer and National Artist for Music Ryan Cayabyab for his contribution to Original Pilipino Music. The exhibition showcases sculptural and installation pieces, which are various interpretations of Cayabyab’s songs. 

Runs until April 18 at 12/F School of Design and Arts, De La Salle - College of Saint Benilde, Pablo Ocampo Street, Malate, Manila City. For more information, follow The Benildean on Facebook. 

Arte Povera: Italian Landscape

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The newest exhibition by the Metropolitan Museum of Manila brings 12 Italian artists whose artistic works reflect a certain socio-political milieu in Italy from the '60s to the '70s. The participating artists include Jannis Kounellis, Marisa Merz, Mario Merz, Giuseppe Penone, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Gilberto Zorio Pier, Paolo Calzolari, Francesco Arena, and Gianni Caravaggio.

Runs until April 30 at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Manila City. For more information, visit Metropolitan Museum of Manila’s website.

Magnificat Opus 

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Master abstractionist Edwin Wilwayco, in his solo show Magnificat Opus, showcases paintings that were inspired by German composer and musician Johann Sebastian Bach. Wilwayco associates his lyrical paintings with his own freedom and love for music. 

Runs until February 29 at Arte Bettina, 3/F Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Makati City. For more information, follow Arte Bettina on Facebook.

ALT Philippines 2020 

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“Ready to enter the frame?” says the tagline of the newest art show in the Philippines, ALT Philippines. Consisting of 10 galleries—ArtInformal, Blanc, The Drawing Room, Finale Art File, Galleria Duemila, MO_Space, Underground, Vinyl on Vinyl, West Gallery, and 1135 Mabini, ALT Philippines aims to offer Filipino art enthusiasts a new way of experiencing art. 

Runs from February 14 to 16 at SMX Aura, 3/F and 4/F SM Aura Premier, Bonifacio Global City. For more information, visit ALT Philippines’ website. 

Art Fair Philippines 2020 

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For this year, Art Fair Philippines has expanded its sections, which include film and open studios (talks, workshops, demonstrations) for a more engaging art experience. A total of 61 galleries are joining the three-day fair, which includes 19 participants from abroad. 

Runs from February 21 to 23 at 4/F The Link, Parkway Drive, Ayala Center, Makati City. For more information, visit Art Fair Philippines’ website.

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