This Weekend Festival Celebrates Modern and Contemporary Art in the Philippines

It's happening from July 29 to 31 at Fairmont Makati.

( Some of the country's biggest art events passed by in the flurry of the last six months or so: Alt Philippines in December 2021, Art Fair Philippines in March, and Art in the Park in April. But if you can't get enough, another three-day art festival is happening from July 29 to 31 at Fairmont Makati along Makati Avenue. Modern and Contemporary Art Festival, as it is called, is set to showcase both revered masters and up-and-coming artists in the Philippine contemporary art scene.

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PHOTO Courtesy of MoCAF

"We envision [the] Modern and Contemporary Art Festival (MoCAF) as a momentous culmination of modern and contemporary artists, galleries, and collectors, bridging together opportunities in these different art sectors to grow and appreciate one another’s endeavors. Through MoCAF, we aim to strengthen the identity of Filipino modern and contemporary art and focus on the Philippines as a global artistic and cultural center that will be recognized all throughout Southeast Asia," shared Fundacion Sansó director Ricky Francisco, who's also curating the solo artist presentations and group exhibitions for the fair.

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"Fruits, Coffee, and Newspaper on Breakfast Table" by Federico Alcuaz
PHOTO Courtesy of MoCAF
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Here's what to expect at the upcoming Modern and Contemporary Festival:

Participating Galleries

  • 1335 Mabini
  • Art Lounge Manila
  • Art Underground
  • Arte Bettina
  • Cartellino
  • DF Art Agency
  • Galerie Francesca
  • Galerie Joaquin
  • Galerie Stephanie
  • Gravity Art Space
  • Kogure Gallery
  • Leon Gallery
  • Paseo Gallery
  • Qube
  • RGallery
  • Secret Fresh
  • Village Art Gallery
  • YOD Gallery
  • Ysobel Art
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"Resisting Temptation" by Anton del Castillo
PHOTO Courtesy of MoCAF
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"Old Man Smoking a Pipe" by Elmer Borlongan
PHOTO Courtesy of MoCAF

Special Exhibitions

  • Alcuaz Family Collection
  • Anton Del Castillo
  • Art+ Discoveries
  • Contemporary Fine Art Printmaking
  • Fundacion Sansó
  • Unmasking the Inner Narrative
  • Linangan Art Residency
  • Michael Cacnio
  • Quintessential Sculptures
  • Rare Gems by Ramon Orlina
  • Art for All by Robert Alejandro
  • Sansó Sublime
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“Exuberant Expressions” by Juvenal Sanso
PHOTO Courtesy of MoCAF

MoCAF Dialogues Lecture Series

  • Economic Outlook and Its Impact in the Art World
  • Art World Today and the Luxurious Market
  • The Future of Art Publishing by Ambassador Cariño and Gus Vibal
  • Collecting Art: Perspective of Collectors by Julius Babao
  • Curators Speak: Philippine Arts in Venice Biennale

Modern and Contemporary Art Festival runs from July 29 to 31, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Fairmont Makati, 1 Raffles Drive, Makati Avenue, Makati City. Tickets, which are available through MoCAF's website, are at P250 per day.

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