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Ongoing Exhibitions

Tapas: Spanish Design
for Food

Tall Galleries
April 1 - June 16

Tapas: Spanish Design for Food

The exhibition TAPAS. Spanish Design for Food, organized by the Metropolitan Museum of Manila and AC/E - Accion Cultural Espanola (Spanish Cultural Action), in collaboration with the Embassy of Spain in the Philippines and the Instituto Cervantes de Manila, feature more than 200 objects and instruments, videos, photographs, and installations to explore the interaction between design and gastronomy, two creative disciplines enjoying a boom in Spain and currently achieving international acclaim.

Curated by designer/architect Juli Capella, TAPAS showcases imagination and talent targeting the taste buds, where design and haute cuisine go hand in hand. Spanish chefs, designers, architects, wineries and restaurants reflect the last 25 years of Spain's avant-garde experimental blending of design and food. Legendary culinary icons from Spain are also featured, including the paella pan, traditional wineskins and flasks, the bota, botijo and porron.

For more information on this exhibition, you may also visit the official website of Accion Cultural Espanola

Bodegones: Kitchen Pictures

Galeriya Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas
March 14 to June 16, 2016

Bodegones. Kitchen Pictures

This exhibition features still life paintings from the early 1900s until the modern period, selected predominantly from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas collection.

Through the assembly of tropical fruits, produce and flora, these compositions shed light on aspects of Filipino genre art that resonate with the local ethos of communality, domesticity and bounty.

Traditional Instruments and the Modern Music A tribute to the National Artists for Music Lucrecia R. Kasilag and Ramon P. Santos

White Cube Gallery
May 05 to 31 2016

Salin-Saliw: Traditional Instruments and the Modern Music

A tribute to the National Artists for Music

Lucrecia R. Kasilag and Ramon P. Santos

Music has been a catalyst of connecting Filipino communities together, and has existed for several thousands of years. Even amongst the earliest ancestors, the Tagbanwa of Palawan, chanting and gong-playing are practiced in solemnity for their pagan rituals. These musical instruments expanded over long periods of time, overlapping among ethnic groups of the North and South, creating several varieties of instruments that possess parallel characteristics with deviations in name.

Interactions with Western music breached Philippine shores and exposed Filipinos to music that is structured, methodical, and theoretical. Ushering a new wave of music - varying in composition and sound - rouses a fusion of the traditional and the contemporary. This can be observed through the works of National Artists Lucrecia Kasilag and Ramon Santos. The sense of national identity is strongly infused in these compositions and further weaves itself with contemporary musicality. The international acclaim of Kasilag and Santos roused new directions in music in the modern century.

Comprising of the National Artists' paraphernalia such as their sheet music, audio recordings, and collection of indigenous instruments, this exhibition celebrates Kasilag and Santos' trajectory to the avant-garde and expressionist thought in music.


(2016 MET-LARA International Artist Residency Program)

Open Gallery
February - May 2016


To explain with words from this world / that a boat from me has shoved off with me on board

Alejandra Pizarnik

The inner life goes through knots. It goes though tangles and disentanglements. It contracts, connects, clenches, churns, calms. It also goes through explosions. It extends, expands, extricates, exceeds, erupts. What before was clutter, confinement and control, now shivers and afterwards shatters.

The body, with its different states -the solids, liquids and gases- is attached to this life that opens and closes. The body goes through tucks, troughs and trenches. It constricts, creases, fastens, unfastens, unravels, surges, spills over. It participates in the dual and dynamic possibility of constriction and release. The pulse of life, its tone, wholeheartedly plays between conflict and resolution. In cries, in chuckles and in screams, the inner docks -stiff before the storm- loosen and unleash. As it is with sweat, with blush and with moods.

The four pieces that comprise this exhibit focus on the physical realities of a volcano and take its body and its changes as its central narrative. But the attention of the public is not summoned at the critical moment of eruption but on its previous intervals, the subsequent deluge to its undoing. There are no eruptions without certain initial conditions: the swell, a limit, the surge. From the first tremors to the last haze the volcano tells us its rupture, its breach.

Florencia Guillen had already pondered upon these explosions in previous works: for example tremendous blasts -outstanding- that she contained in small forms, bound, controlled, condensing these massive events. Or as well as drawings of atomic bombs, distorted by broken glass. But now the image of the volcano is not only taken in order to narrate that-which-itself-exceeds but rather it moves away from the actual moment of the blast to concentrate, on one hand, in this precedent zone, full of nuances that is the proximity of thunder, and on the other hand, in the remnants that are almost insignificant -in the smoke- of the aftermath, of the atmosphere, already empty and clean.

The piece Ordenamiento de Fuerzas puts us in the eminence of catastrophe: it is the warning of disaster. But it is a disaster that does not arrive nor does it resolve itself. It leaves us suspended in this caveat. Already in visual poetry we are in the presence of the rise and flow of these inner borders: "before becoming magma I was rock, today I slightly stagger and I do not know where to hold on to." This fluid state -between what is solid and what is liquid- ascends, rises with pain, scraping the walls and finally ending with an explosion. The previous pieces offer us the smoke of the aftermath as gifts. Rene Char said: "Over there everything is smoke. Where there is smoke there is change."

Bernardo Garcia, February 2016.

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