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Japanese Design Today 100

Tall Galleries
April 1 - June 16


Japanese Design Today 100


The Metropolitan Museum of Manila (MET), in partnership with the Japan Foundation, Manila (JFM) and the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines, with the support of JT International (Philippines) Inc., celebrates the long-serving excellence of Japanese design and its continuing influence in global design with a special exhibition, Japanese Design Today 100, which presents the finest examples of Japanese design with a focus everyday products.

Since its conception in 2004 by the Japan Foundation, Japanese Design Today 100 has travelled to Mexico, El Salvador, the United States and Mongolia. Its updated version features modern designs from the 1950s through the 1990s that have influenced the design of today, as well as product designs from recent years. The curatorial team is composed of design critic and Musashino Art University professor Hiroshi Kashiwagi, curator Masafumi Fukagawa, design director Shu Hagiwara and design journalist Noriko Kawakami.

The 100 pieces in this exhibit are divided into 10 categories: Classic Japanese Design, Furniture and Houseware, Tableware and Cookware, Apparel and Accessories, Children, Stationery, Hobbies, Healthcare, Disaster Relief and Transportation.

Aside from highlighting the uniqueness and practicality of Japanese design, this exhibition serves as a mirror of Japanese lifestyle and society. Fresh and minimalist forms capture the hopes and dreams of the designers and corporations that created them, as well as of the people who make use of the products. Revealed in the Japanese Design Today 100 exhibition are product design trends that designers from all over the world look up to.




Discourses in Design: Philippine-Japanese Cultural Linkages

Galeriya Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas
June 30 to August 19


Discourses in Design: Philippine-Japanese Cultural Linkages


The Metropolitan Museum of Manila (MET) salutes 60 years of Japanese-Filipino friendship with a special exhibition, Discourses in Design: Philippine-Japanese Cultural Linkages. Gathering local designers who have participated and engaged in a collaboration or cultural exchange program with Japan, this exhibition unveils the impact of Japanese aesthetics and techniques on local design, commonalities and contrasts between Japanese and Filipino designers, and the possibilities that exist in Philippine contemporary design. It showcases the adventurous spirit of the Filipino designers in transforming the country's indigenous materials to functional everyday things. And while Japanese design's strength lie in continuously exploring design solutions, Filipino designers increasingly use design to advance various advocacies on environmental, ecological and social issues.

Organized in conjunction with the travelling exhibition Japanese Design Today 100, this exhibition spotlights Filipino designers' innovative and unexpected approaches to various indigenous and traditional materials. Curated by Myrna Sunico, former dean of the University of Sto. Tomas School of Design, Discourses in Design is defined in the following sections: Wood, Bamboo, Rattan, Pina, T'nalak, Wicker, Paper & Capiz, Upcycled Fabric, Ceramic and Metal.

The participating designers are Maricris Brias, Al Caronan, Kenneth Cobonpue, Christina Gaston, Tony Gonzales, Jon and Tessy Pettyjohn, Budji Layug, Anna India De la Cruz-Legaspi, Ann Pamintuan, Luisa Robinson, Vito Selma and CSM Philippines.





Salin-Saliw:
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 July 30


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.



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