10 Art Exhibits to See in February 2021

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(SPOT.ph) The year 2020 threw a huge curveball for art galleries and museums. The crowd-gathering indoor spaces temporarily closed during the community quarantine, forcing them to adapt and shift to the digital platform through virtual exhibitions. But now that things are slowly going back to normal (or as they always say, the "new normal"), most galleries have reopened to visitors who book an appointment in advance. 

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Check out these art exhibits happening in Metro Manila this February:

Revisiting Circles in my Mind 

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Filipina-American painter Pacita Abad was the first ever Filipino artist to participate in the international residency program of Singapore Tyler Print Institute, where she created Circles in My Mind. The collection features her trademark palette of vibrant colors and rich textures executed as print and paper pulp pieces. It was also previously exhibited at the Andrew Shire Gallery in Los Angeles and the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Manila; and for the months of February and March, prints done by Singapore Tyler Print Institute are on display at Galleria Duemila. 

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Runs until March 31 at Galleria Duemila, 210 Loring Street, Pasay City. For more information, visit Galleria Duemila's website. 

Flux

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Photographer Frank Callaghan, who is known for long exposures and moonscapes, veers away from capturing the details of the Earth's natural satellite and instead focuses on the moonlight glistening on bodies of water. He looks into how this disrupts and intervenes otherwise restful scenes. 

Runs until March 13 at Silverlens, 2263 Don Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Makati City. For more information, visit Silverlens' website. 

Passages: Celebrating the Artistic Journeys of Betsy Westendorp 

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"Self-portrait" (2012) by Betsy Westendorp
PHOTO BY Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Manila
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The Metropolitan Museum of Manila welcomes 2021 with a retrospective that gathers more than 100 works of Spanish-Filipino artist Betsy Westendorp. It traces her interesting life story starting from her departure from Spain to her arrival in the Philippines, where she has produced some of the most amazing landscapes of the countryside, seascapes of Manila Bay, and portraits of Manila's elite. 

Runs until March 15 at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila, BSP Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Malate, Manila City. For more information, visit Metropolitan Museum of Manila's website. 

Tempest

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Queer artist Jer Dee is holding his first solo show at a popular hangout in Poblacion, Futur:st—the Makati sister of cult-favorite Today x Future. In the Tempest, he goes on a cathartic journey after a series of weird but vivid dreams over the quarantine. "I've observed upon writing a lot of them that they're all connected to my hometown—a place where I haven't gone to since 2017," he tells SPOT.ph. 

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Runs until February 18 at Futur:st, 5062 Guerrero Street, Poblacion, Makati City. For more information, visit Futur:st's website. 

The History of Waters 

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"Mediterranean Lighthouse" (2020) by Joar Songcuya
PHOTO BY Facebook/Altro Mondo

Curated by Charlie Samuya Veric, Joar Songcuya's first-ever solo exhibit The History of Water looks into the global history of oceans in the eyes of a Filipino mariner. A marine engineer and self-taught artist, he showcases the things he has seen around the world beginning from his voyages at the young age of 18 and across almost 50 countries. He also reveals the emergence and disappearance of harbors from the Bay of Biscay to the Sargasso Sea in the Atlantic, documenting the never-ending arrivals and departures often witnessed and experienced by a man of the sea. 

Runs until February 14 at Altro Mondo's Monteverdi, 1159 Don Chino Roces Avenue, San Antonio Village, Makati City. For more information, visit Altro Mondo's website.

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Exoskeleton

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Nicole Coson's new solo show is an extension of her thesis presentation at the Royal College of Art in London, where she recently completed a master's degree in Painting. Produced over the pandemic, Exoskeleton depicts society's shift from public to private space amid the global lockdown with works reimagining the world through the glass of her bedroom window. 

Runs until March 13 at Silverlens, 2263 Don Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Makati City. For more information, visit Silverlens' website. 

Strive to Thrive 

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Aldred Brinses a.k.a. Dagger, James Villaruel a.k.a. Semaj, and Christian Navarez a.k.a. Chno come together in a group show to show how street artists struggle but still thrive amid the pandemic. Semaj's Skull Heads take centerstage to represent day-to-day routines, Dagger's uses his signature low-brow style to convey the importance of time in the ongoing quarantine, and Chno creates a monster that's part-insect, part-human—a depiction of the worst things that surfaced in the past year. 

Runs until February 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

Moon Screen 

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"Temporal Landscape 3" (2020) by Julieanne Ng
PHOTO BY Facebook/Altro Mondo

Moon Screen features works by Grasha Non, Gab Ferrer, Denver Garza, and Julieanne Ng, all curated by Gwen Bautista. It revolves around the theme of renewal and rebirth, a serious perspective of the term "moonscreen"—an evening version of the sunscreen. Moon Screen reflects on the remedies and protection that we use to shield ourselves from the unbearable chaos brought by the year of the pandemic. 

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Runs until February 14 at Altro Mondo's Espace Celine, 1159 Don Chino Roces Avenue, San Antonio Village, Makati City. For more information, visit Altro Mondo's website. 

Get Well Soon 

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In his seventh solo show, Miguel Paulo Borja shifts from his usual dark portraits and looks into the duality flowers in bloom. Get Well Soon explores the lightness and darkness in these natural objects, reflecting the "beautiful yet temporary nature" of life. 

Runs until February 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. 

The Cone of Concern 

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"Totem Robots" (2010) by Haegue Yang
PHOTO BY Facebook/MCAD
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Running since October 15, 2020, Haegue Yang's The Cone of Concern at Museum of Contemporary Art and Design is the celebrated Korean artist's first solo exhibition in the Philippines. It boasts an interesting collection of objects, including woven anthropomorphic sculptures, light sculptures, rotating sound bells, whirlwind-derived structures, and textile canopies. All these are inspired by the cone of concern or cone of uncertainty, which represents the probable track of the center of a hurricane or storm based on forecast models. 

Runs until March 31 at Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, College of Saint Benilde's School of Design and Arts, Dominga Street, Malate, Manila City. For more information, visit MCAD Manila's website.

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