Chinese Ink Paintings from China: Chen Lyusheng and Sun Jiangtao
Co-presented with the Ministry of Culture of the People's Republic of China and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, the Metropolitan Museum of Manila presents Ink Paintings from China: Chen Lyusheng & Sun Jiangtao, an exhibition of works on paper by esteemed artists Chen Lyusheng and Sun Jiangtao.
Lyushesheng and Jiangtao adhere to the Southern School or "literati" style of painting in China. Both are scholars cultivated by a variety of motivations such as calligraphy, photography and fine crafts. Lyusheng is the Deputy Director of The National Museum of China and the Vice-Director of Beijing Artist Association. Jiangtao is the Director of the Macau Calligraphy and Painting Institute for Research. This exhibit will no doubt bring a better and deeper understanding of contemporary Chinese painting to the Philippine audience.
Ink Paintings from China: Chen Lyusheng & Sun Jiangtao is on view to the public beginning June 20 until August 23 at the TALL Galleries. Visit the Metropolitan Museum of Manila at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Complex, Roxas Blvd., Manila. Museum days are from Mondays-Saturdays, 10am to 5:30pm. For more details, you may visit our website www.metmuseum.ph and our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/metmanila or call (02) 708-7828.
July 22-August 18, 2014 @ Galeriya Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas
Money Matters for Kids!
Highlighting concepts, images and functions related to money. This exhibit is a partnership with the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas to provide kids an interactive experience to learn about the values of earning, saving, spending and sharing money.
Nov. 26, 2013 - June 30, 2014
Abueva: the Power of Form
Filipinos have been wholly responsive to art that one can touch, and be intrinsically touched in return. The Metropolitan Museum of Manila brings together a long awaited exhibition as a tribute to one of the Philippine’s first artistic giants who modernized Philippine sculpture, National Artist Napoleon Abueva. The exhibit entitled "Abueva: The Power of Form" gathers together several monumental sculptures from various collections representing the artist's work from the 1950's up to 2009.
Curated by Mr. Dannie Alvarez, this momentous exhibition invites museum goers, artists and art enthusiasts to learn more about and appreciate the difficult practice of sculpture. Abueva's art works stand timeless, extraordinarily crafted by his hands, up till a debilitating stroke that occurred in 2008. The master sculptor remains resolute and continues to manage his studio through his son Mulawin.
Since his childhood, Abueva was fascinated in sculpting with local materials, starting with balsa and garden clay to make different forms. This initial revelation fueled his passion to create various objects free from size and mass constriction. His early trademarks were his versatility in concept, form, and technique, able to create conservative and modern sculptures in a variety of materials. These sculptures manifest in the form of several types of hardwood, with Abueva subsequently branching out to other media such as steel, brass, iron, alabaster, adobe, and cement.
Major pieces included in this exhibition are "The Allegorical Harpoon" and "Hilojan" from the Cultural Center of the Philippines, "Dambana ng Pasko" and "Cultivated Plains" from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, "Judas Kiss" from the Ateneo Art Gallery, "Study of the Lopez Door" from Josie Baldovino, and "The Abueva Family Tree" from the artist's Collection.
Winter Garden: the Exploration of Micropop Imagination in Contemporary Japanese Art
February 19 - April 15, 2014
To enhance and nurture the connection of the Filipino community with its international community, the Metropolitan Museum, in partnership with the Japan Foundation, presents the travelling exhibition Winter Garden: the Exploration of the Micropop Imagination in Contemporary Japanese.
The exhibition will feature works from 14 acclaimed Japanese artists who will tap on the theme called Micropop, as coined by the curator, Ms. Midori Matsui. Micropop, according to Ms. Matsui, is a combination of the artists’ distinct views of the world through the combination of fragments and imbuing the obsolete or the commonplace with new functions or meanings. This exhibition will reflect the struggles of the newer artistic generation in the face of globalization, and will gradually transform the perception of the world with the use of small, but impactful changes on everyday objects.
A museum is the channeler and mediator between the artist's works and the audience.
A museum is an institution where different audiences gather in appreciating and respecting art and culture.
In this prospect, the museum's audience makes art thrive, giving it meaning, perspective and emotion. The MET believes that art in whatever form or content is free in its potential to gain diverse kinds of interpretation from its audience.
POST - IT EXHIBIT offers the platform in creating discussion on the role and relationship of museums with its audience. This exhibit will showcase the museum collections without its scholarly or theoretical context, challenging the audience in giving their own observations and understandings.
Sept. 16 - Oct. 31, 2013 @ Tall Galleries
Salamat Salakai! A tribute to Jerry Araos
SALAKAI excels in the use of interactive works and art installations, and makes their way to the Metropolitan Museum of Manila for the third time, featuring the handcrafted interactive art pieces, meant to excite and instill a sense of playfulness for both children and adults alike.
Otherwise known as "Sanayang Lapat Kamay, Inc.", this group alternates humor and information and incorporates it in their works. Established in 1987 as an artist's guild, these practitioners use recyclable materials such as old, used wood, and scraps of metal, but it is nothing short of a wild and exciting experimentation they usually undergo.
The primary media that Salakai generally use came from their esteemed founder, Jerry Araos, and his fond love for taking care of old and used materials. He reforms these used objects from nothing, turning them into something more practical and beneficial.
Sept. 26 - Oct. 2, 2013 @ SM Mall of Asia
Oct. 8 - Oct. 13, 2013 @ SM Aura Premier
Art + Video Tech: Exploring New Technology for Contemporary Art
In line with the MET's new thrust on contemporary art by Filipino and international artists, the museum has partnered with Samsung Philippines and SM Supermalls for projects that would engage museum audiences with new art forms, particularly video art and animation, indulging the public with multisensory installations and art documentaries.
This exhibit includes the works of leading Filipino artists who made use of the technological advancement and used it as their art form and content, featuring Ramon Estella, Eric de Guia or Kidlat Tahimik, Peque Gallaga, Louie Cordero, and Johnny and Miguel Alcazaren or the Alcazaren Brothers. The exhibit will also feature works of contemporary artists such as Victor Balanon, VJ Villafranca, Diokno Pasilan, Cocoy Lumbao, and so on. And on behalf of the Animation Council of the Philippines, Inc., the exhibit will feature a selection of videos from Animahenasyon, a Philippine Animation Festival.
May 28 - July 13 @ Tall Galleries
July 16 - Sept. 30, 2013 @ Galeriya ng Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas
Exhibition of Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Art Competition
From the successful 2011 Tanaw Art Competition, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas gathers yet another promising set of Philippine contemporary art in an exhibition of this year's finalists and winners. The biennial art competition for the BSP Art Collection continues to provide leverage to the growing appreciation Philippine contemporary art in both local and international art scenes.
July 31 - August 23, 2014 @ Tall Galleries
50 Years of Korean Contemporary Printmaking
The exhibit is part of the ongoing 2013 Korea Festival in ASEAN. It is made possible by Korea Foundation (KF), in cooperation with the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Korea (MMCA Korea) and the MET. It is supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Korea, the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the Philippines and the Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines.
"50 Years of Korean Contemporary Printmaking", which previously had its run in Indonesia, consists of 73 works sourced from MMCA from varied periods, starting from the 1950s down to the 1990s in an effort to introduce the history of Korean Printmaking tradition to the Filipinos.
Timeless Reflection: an exhibit of life as is" is a week-long Art and Tech exhibition.
The fusion of art and technology serves as a reflection of the sensibilities of modern life asking viewers to take a different look at art with the advent of technological advancement and posing ideas on what makes for a timeless piece of art.
March - April 2013 @ Tall Galleries, White Cube and Foyer
RIVER SCAPES INFLUX
This exhibition spearheaded by the GOETHE INSTITUT network in Southeast Asia finally arrives in Manila on march 2013. Art objects (installation and intermedia) hailing from Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia and the Philippines articulate the current perspectives and challenges of the peoples of the river/water, addressing not only issues of contemporary art but also of its dialogics among economies, ecologies, ideologies and culturalities which are specific to the region.
Revealing Signs of the Present Philippine Paintings 2000-2012
Revealing the Signs of the Present represents one of the first series of changing exhibitions of the Philipine Contemporary Art at the Met. It offers a glimpse of a range of artistic tendencies in the last decade, drawn from the one of the countrys most comprehensive art collections.
The exhibition consists of twenty five pieces from the extensive private collection of Paulino Que. Curated by well known art critic and scholar Dr. Patrick Flores; it brings together a diverse group of works and artists, who come from different generations and persuasions. The exhibit will be on view at the Tall Galleries until Feb 28, 2013.
SEP. 29 - OCT. 04, 2012 @ SM South Mall
LIKHAAN: VISUAL ARTS
The show features more than forty photograph reproductions of the works of the fourteen proclaimed National Artists for Visual Arts: Fernando Amorsolo, Botong Francisco, Guillermo Tolentino, Napoleon Abueva, Victorio Edades, Vicente Manansala, Cesar Legaspi, HR Ocampo, Arturo Luz, J. Elizalde Navarro, Ang Kiukok, Jose Joya, Abdulmari Imao and Bencab.
The National Artist Award was established in 1972 to honor Filipinos who have distinguished themselves and made outstanding contributions to Philippine art. In 2003, this award, conferred by no less than the President of the Philippines, was given further prestige when it was raised to level of a Cultural Order, the fourth highest among national honors. National Artists are named in eight categories of art, one of which is Visual Arts which includes the field painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, illustration, installation art and mixed media
The Likhaan exhibit aims to familiarize the mall-going public with the National Artists for Visual Arts by presenting their iconic works along with biographical sketches and highlights on their artistic achievements. The exhibit is also touches on the history, objectives and procedures in the selection of National Artists, which was beset by controversy in 2009.
Likhaan: National Artists for Visual Arts will run until October 4, 2012.
AUG. 16, 2012, 4PM @ SM South Mall
The exhibit presents two art forms at the same time - fashion and photography. It highlights Philippine fashion illustration, and fashion itself through paintings, prints, archival and contemporary photographs and drawings. It features 40 high-quality photographs of creations of well-known designers captured by the artistic lens of professional photographers.
JUN. 21 - DEC. 18, 2012
Enduring Commitment: New Acquisitions of the BSP (2009-2011)
In celebration of the anniversary of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas in July, this exhibition will feature newly acquired paintings and scuptures from 2009 to the present.
Presents the newest addition to the BSP art collection consisting of 38 paintings and sculptures. The exhibit is a fine assembly of contemporary expressions of established as well as emerging artists. The works, comprising of conceptual, figurative, abstract, and hyper-realist art, is a fascinating exposition of the mental workings and motivation of the Filipino artist.
Nov. 10 - Dec. 15, 2011
Contemporary Lithographs from Finland
Eight Finnish artists come to Manila to showcase contemporary lithography in a touring exhibition. The Metropolitan Museum of Manila in partnership with the Embassy of Finland, Manila will present an exhibition entitled Contemporary Lithography from Finland from November 10 to December 15, 2011 at the Tall Galleries. The exhibition shows a spectrum of images, insights, and visions that stone lithography as an art form can offer, which made this technique endure in time, from 19th century commercial printing to the production of contemporary art as we know it today.
OCT. 9 - DEC. 10, 2012
The Manila Galleon in Acapulco
The mutual influences produced by two hundred and fifty years (1565-1815) of the Galleon trade between Acapulco and Manila is the main focus of the exposition entitled The Acapulco Galleon in Manila.
The Manila Galleon in Acapulco is an initiative of the Embassy of Mexico with the assistance of the Gobierno del Estado de Guerrero, Instituto Guerreranse de la Cultura, Guerrero Cumple and the Conaculta or the Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes.
Oct. 29 - Nov. 10, 2012
KM1 What Remains, What Disappears
Photo and Video projects in public places
October 29 - November 10, 2012
Rajah Sulayman Theater
Fort Santiago, Intramuros: 29 October - 27 November 2012 @ 5:00 P.M.
Quezon Memorial Circle: 29 October - 27 November 2012 @ 10:00 A.M.
Photographers MM Yu and Lea Eouzan with video installation artist Manny Montelibano exhibit works in open air venues at the Quezon City Memorial Circle and Intramuros. Video installation at the museum foyer will present previous works that will give a background to create dialogue between Filipino and French artists.
SEP. 19 - OCT. 20, 2012 @ Tall Galleries
CLAUDIO BRAVO: Sojourn in Manila
The exhibit features 40 works of the renowed Chilean artist, his portraits of Manila society and still life during his short stay in the city in 1968. A walkthrough of the exhibit by curator Tats Rejante Maranan will highlight the event.
JUL. 11 - AUG. 11, 2012 @ Upper Galleries
The Embassy of Spain in the Philippines and theDepartment of Foreign Affairs in cooperation with the Metropolitan Museum of Manila and the Lopez Museum and Library present LIBERAL STREAKS: A travelling exhibition commemorating the 200th anniversary of the 1812 Cadiz Constitution on 11 July - 11 August 2012 at the Calma, Magsaysay-Ho and Luz Galleries of Metropolitan Museum of Manila.
LIBERAL STREAKS is a multimedia travelling exhibit that showcases the historical, cultural and legal ties of two countries through two constitutions which have affected contemporary socio-economic policies and national political systems: Spain's Cadiz Constitution of 1812 and the Philippines' Malolos Constitution of 1899. The exhibit interweaves historical figurations and sensations of the Cadiz Constitution with the current artistic utterances-reflexes of Renan Ortiz, Nikki Luna and Louie Talents.
A parallel exhibit was opened at the Lopez Museum on June 29 which will run until Nov 17, 2012. 2012. Claro V. Ramirez curates both exhibitions.
JUL. 11 - AUG. 11, 2012 @ Upper Galleries (CATWALK)
POST: Outlining Perspectives
A response exhibition to the "300 years of Philippine Antique Maps" of Contemporary Filipino artworks whose visual imagery, context and narrative speaks of elements in cartography.
JUN. 27 - JUL. 31, 2012 @ Tall Galleries
Three Hundred Years of Philippine Maps 1598-1898
A unique exhibition of 134 original Philippine Maps dating from the Spanish colonial period to early American time. The show features maps of Petrus Kaerius, J.N. Metellus, Wytfliet, Bertius and Fr. Pedro Murillo Velarde's 18th century Mapa de las Islas Filipinas.
Lectures will be held in relation to the cartography of provinces in the Philippines and the beauty and significance of mapping in contemporary art.
The exhibition is in celebration of Philippine-Spanish Friendship Day and in partnership with Philippine Map Collectors Society (PHIMCOS) and Embassy of Spain in the Philippines.
The exhibit is the second presentation of the Met collection of Philippine contemporary art. It is an invitation to look back at the country's recent history through the same works but which have been organized to explore, first, use of material and techniques; themes; genres and finally using portions of it to usher engagement with new art forms.
MAR. 16 - JUN. 09, 2012 @ Upper Galleries
Features artworks collected antecedent in time to the art production of the 1990's. The
selection spans from 1948 to the 1980's. The Met Collection was acquired when the Met Museum began building its collection of Philippine contemporary art in the mid-1990's.
JAN. 26 - MAY 31, 2012
Selection from the collections of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas & Presidential Commission on Good Government
This exhibit presents a conversation between Russian Icons from the PCGG Collection and selections from the 18th to 19th century religious paintings from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Collection. It also explores the unique, often similar, imagery of both Russian and Filipino religious iconography. It allows us to understand what is obvious before our eyes while moving our spirit to spiritual appreciation.
JAN. 27 - MAR. 31, 2012
Jay Man Bravo
Mary Joyce Co
Joy Therese Cruz
Inno Delarmente III
Louise Ann Manuel
Justin Cass Reyes
Apple Marie Villalobos
One Day in the City: PASAY
The majority of the world's population resides in cities. Sometime in 2007 a UN study indicated that for the first time in history the number of people living in urban areas has outweighed those living in the rural. With the growth of megacities, or cities like Metro Manila with populations exceeding 10M we are seeing that for the majority of the world's population, life in the 21st C will most likely be spent in urban areas.
The city is a space. It is composed of areas defined in many ways by different factors. The science of city planning and the politics of its management have seen our urban spaces grow in various permutations resulting in constant shifts in the physicality of the cities we live in.
The city is a place. We live, work, play within its confines and conditions. It is a repository of our memories, provides stimuli for our daily experience and defines who we are. As its inhabitants we imbue it with character and culture, and the cities grow as we do, in a symbiotic relationship that only urban citizens feel and understand. The peculiarities, moods, spaces and places of the city and its dwellers are what we want to capture in this show.
"One Day in the City: Pasay" is a photographic exhibit focusing on Pasay City. The show depicts facets of the urban fabric and the experience of city dwellers as seen through the eyes of student photographers from the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde AB Photography program. The photography project is a way of showing how life is in one part of a 21st century Asian megalopolis like Metro Manila, and will provide a counterpoint and a response to the Spanish photography show "Photo By Photo: A Portrait of Spain", on going at the Tall Galleries of the Metropolitan Museum of Manila until January 14, 2012.
The show is organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Manila, The De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde School of Design and Arts, The City Government of Pasay, Canon Philippines Inc. and the Spanish Embassy Manila.
OCT. 17 - JAN. 31, 2012
CONSCRIPCION: Imagining and Inscribing the Ilocano World
"Conscripcion" is an extensive exhibition of documents, maps, diagrams and illustrations which show the official workings of the Spanish colonial government in Northern Luzon in the 19th century. These archival materials from the National Archives of the Philippines form the basis of an exhibit on Ilocos Sur. Collateral activities such as workshops and lectures are being organized for the duration of the exhibit.
The exhibit is in partnership with the Provincial Government of Ilocos Sur, the Ilocos Sur Historical and Cultural Foundation and the National Archives of the Philippines with The Metropolitan Museum of Manila.
Records are by products, the remains of activities. They are reminders of what had taken place. As reminders, records can honor or they can haunt. For script can conscript, text can be context. In the colonial setting, records and documents help rulers envision distant possessions. Subjects only take shape as constructed on paper: in reports, plans and maps.
Authority is transcribed on a page and conveyed across oceans. What may describe, may also prescribe. Records carry great power.
Explorers do not set out to discover land. They are seeking ideas, a place in clouds. For territory to be colonized it must be read as empty. Each fair and fertile shore is a fresh page, an invitation to reconstruct a shattered life. Reports must paint an emptiness and willingness to be dominated.
When territorial aspirations are committed to paper, maps are born. A record is called into existence which is part hope and part despair. Maps define what is intimate but also what is intimidating and must therefore be unmanned.
The documents presented in the show "Conscripcion: Imagining and Inscribing the Ilocano World" arose from the time when the Ilocos region was still part of the Spanish Empire. They facilitated the governance of a faraway land.
Before the colonial can be administered, it must first be conceived. Above all else then, are documents not agencies of imagination? Worlds which produce records are by the records themselves produced.
OCT. 24, 2011 - JAN. 15, 2012
Photo by Photo: A Portrait of Spain
A visual trajectory following the evolution of the country from the end of the 1950s to the present day based on the concept of the city it represents a meditation on the Spanish Pavilion's theme for the Shanghai World Expo 2010. "From the City of Our Parents to the City of Our Children".
The carefully chosen selection from the work of 15 Spanish photographers included in this collection spanning different generations bearing witness to the process of transition is indispensable due to the plurality of vision contained within. This multiplicity is an essential part of any approximation of the idea of the city. From the complexities of its inhabitants to the troubles, desires and fears belonging to each epoch.
Pablo Picasso's - The Vollard Suite (created in Paris, 1930-1937)
Owner: FUNDACION MAPFRE and its Instituto de Cultura
Description: 100 etchings of different techniques on watermarked Montval paper
Commissioned by the art dealer and editor Ambroise Vollard, Pablo Picasso created one hundred copper etchings between September 13, 1930, and march 1937 that have come to be known in art history as the Suite Vollard.
In 1938, the set of 100 prints appeared in two different formats, one large (760x500mm) on vellum paper, signed by the artist with red or black pencil, and 50 copies per plate. The other, smaller version (445x340mm) is on laid Montval paper, watermarked with "Vollard" or "Picasso", and produced in runs of 250 copies.
Today, the small format is found spread out as single prints in different private and public collections, and only some of these sets, such as the FUNDACION MAPFRE's are preserved in their entirety. The complicated history of the work's origin, the varied themes and diverse techniques used, such as graver, etching, aquatint, color wash and drypoint, and even combinations thereof, encouraged their dispersion and there are few complete collections currently in existence. The Suite Vollard makes up, as such, one of the most important historic-artistic testimonies of the 20th century.
The complete series includes three portraits of Ambroise Vollard, five plates referred to as the Battle of Love, or Rape, created in 1933; forty-six plates from The Sculptor's Studio (forty etchings from March 20 to May 5, 1933, and six between January and March 1934); four plates of Rembrandt (created July 27-31, 1934); fifteen plates of The Blind Minotaur, created from May 17-June 18, and September 22-October 22, 1933; and twenty-seven varied compositions. The etchings do not follow a logical sequence in their images; their chronology follows more current events and the artist's personal experiences.
In twenty-seven of the one hundred copper plates that make up the Suite Vollard, Picasso takes on very diverse topics that were mostly already present in his work like the bathers, the jugglers, and the circus. Some of them, such as the woman-model, in Suite Vollard acquire an inverse classicism, full of serenity, enormity and balance.
The Suite Vollard fully reflects the Picasso-type dialectic that fluctuates between order and violence, classicisms and disfiguration, serenity and chaos. All of Picasso's influences can be seen in the series, his delusions of grandeur and his deep Mediterranean culture.
The Metropolitan Museum of Manila hosts Pablo Picasso's Suite Vollard in partnership with Fundacion Santiago and Fundacion MAPFRE.
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AUG. 9 - OCT. 29, 2011
Money Matters for Kids
Money Matters for Kids features many hands-on displays that will encourage children to think about money, and how it impacts our everyday lives. The basic themes that are displayed in the exhibit range from earning money, to spending money wisely.
This exhibit was first shown at the Museo Pambata, in collaboration with Citibank, in February of this year. In August, the exhibit was fomally turned over to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas through Financial Consumers Affairs Group that will facilitate its subsequent travels.
Money Matters for Kids runs until October 29, 2011 at the Galeriya ng Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.
In the Round
In The Round features around 30 sculptural pieces from Metropolitan Museum's contemporary art collection.
When the Metropolitan Museum of Manila's Philippine art collection was started in the 1990s, its organizational curatorial direction included acquiring sculptural pieces, both in relief and in the round. Selections from the Met Museum's in-the- round collection, augmented by loans from artists and private collections, are in this exhibition, as points of departure for some information sharing, and as aid for enjoyment of this art form.
JULY 05 - SEPT. 30, 2011
UST sa BSP
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, since its existence as the Central Bank of the Philippines, has collected paintings. The first accessions of major works by contemporary artists were made in 1971. In the 1980s, the scope of the collection was expanded "to the origins of Philippine paintings," resulting, in the words of art critic Emmanuel S. Torres, "in the most encyclopedic public collection of visual arts."
In the course of this mindful collecting and conserving of Philippine visual arts, paintings by mentors and students from the University of Santo Tomas joined the inventory of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Art Collection. Through time, these teachers and pupils have achieved admirably in their chosen art forms, and three of them, notably, have been conferred the rank of National Artist: Ang Kiukok, Victorio Edades and J. Elizalde Navarro. Many other Thomasians have become leading lights in the field of visual arts.
Selected works from some of these Thomasian artists are on view in UST SA BSP, an exhibition organized and realized as the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas's gesture of partaking in the celebration of the quadricentennial of the University of Santo Tomas this year.
JULY 7 - AUGUST 31, 2011
JAPAN: Kingdom of Characters
In recent years, a subculture related to Japanese anime and manga has rapidly attracted worldwide attention. To make the most of this trend, the Japan Foundation has organized this travelling exhibition called "Japan: Kingdom of Characters" which examines characters as one radical aspect of this subculture.
Used unhesitatingly by both adults and children in private and public spaces, before we realize it, these characters have become a part of our daily landscape. One finds, for example, characters printed on bank passbooks and train commutation passes, and as indicated by the regular and seemingly natural presence of stuffed mascots at local police boxes, they have premeated everyday life in Japan to a degree that would be unthinkable in most other countries.
What exactly is a character? Why are they so popular? What kind of society do these characters reflect and what kind of influence do they exert on that society? And finally, where is Japanese character culture headed? In this exhibition, as we introduce the intimate relationship between characters and Japanese people, we hope that the visitors will gain a better understanding of the cultural and historical background behind the Japanese love of characters as well as the future of characters in contemporary Japan.
JUNE 16 - JULY 02, 2011
JOYA Journeys: Travel Sketches
"Drawing has always been central to my art. It formed the basis of my paintings in the past, and is, today ( now that experience and maturity have given me sufficient confidence to apply paint directly to canvas), a pleasure end in itself."--Joya, 1978
The Metropolitan Museum of Manila has chosen to exhibit drawings and sketches from the Joya family collection. When the Met Museum was established in 1976, its mandate was to show and share art from other parts of the world with Filipino audiences. The curatorial decision to participate with "pictorial mementos" of Joya's journeys is in a manner informed by that mandate, thus choosing to show foreign places, spaces and people, but seen and refracted through an exemplary eye, discerning, exact, artistic, and Filipino.
Travel's consequences are many, as the intentions for going forth abroad are various. One brings home, inevitably, images of the experience of travel. Among the gains of the travels of Jose Joya are drawings and sketches. Joya called these drawings "a visual diary of my life and art". They were a journal of travels the artist made to various parts of Asia, Europe, the United States of America, and the Philippines.
JOYA/JOURNEYS has been made possible by Mrs Josie Joya Baldovino and the Joya Family, Mr Rachy Cuna, Carte Blanche, Pacific Paints (Boysen Phils) Inc., other benefactors, and the support of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, and the Metropolitan Museum of Manila Board of Trustees.
MAY 19 - JULY 15, 2011
BISA: Potent Presences
BISA: Potent Presences is the Philippine response to the 2008 project of the Asia-Europe Museums Network or ASEMUS entitled "Self and Other: Portraits from Asia and Europe".The exhibit presents an interdisciplinary visual display of images centered on the discussion of identity and the realization of its existence, significance and influence.
With over a hundred artworks, BISA is a rare assembly of pieces from masters like Luna, Amorsolo, Tolentino to modernists like Edades, Ang Kiukok, H.R. Ocampo, Jose Garcia Villa, Bencab, it also includes Philippine ethnographic and archaeological objects, installations, and media arts.
FEB. 17 - APRIL 30, 2011
TANAW: Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Art Competition
The Metropolitan Museum of Manila invites everyone to catch the last few weeks of the exhibition of "Tanaw: BSP Art Competition," on view until April 30. The competition aims to support the development of Philippine contemporary art and challenge artists to strive for a higher level of artistic excellence. Winners were awarded with cash prizes and their artworks will become part of the BSP impressive art collection ranging from the 18th century to the present era.
The exhibit comprises the top three winners and 42 artworks of the finalists. The competition was the first national painting competition of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas and exceptionally participated by professional and non-professional Filipino artist who have previously won in national and international competitions and art fairs. These award winning visual artists showcased their creativity, technique and sense of design as they were given their personal options of subject and theme.
Gary Custodio, who hails from kalibo, Aklan, bested almost 200 entries nationwide with his watercolor The Rebuilders. Melvin Culaba is from NCR, and placed second for his oil painting Unresolved while third place winner Brave Singh of Bantay, Ilocos Sur won for his oil painting Pagsabay sa mga Hakbang ng Ating mga Pangarap. Competition judges were Dr. Jaime C. Laya, former BSP governor and Chair of the BSP Cultural Properties Acquisition Advisory Committee; Mercedes Lopez-Vargas, Director of the Lopez Museum; Dr. Patrick Flores of the UP Diliman College of Arts and Letters; and Olivier Dintinger, former director of Alliance Francaise de Manille. Other judges were award winning visual artist Nona Garcia and art connoisseur Paulino Que, a trustee of the Met Museum. Awarding ceremonies were held at the Metropolitan Museum led by the Governor of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, Hon. Amando Tetangco, Jr., and members of the BSP Monetary Board.
JAN. 14 - MARCH 25, 2011
The Metropolitan Museum of Manila ushers in 2011 with a special exhibition of the works of famous Russian artists, among them Kazimir Malevich, Wassily Kandinsky, Alexander Rodchenko, Lyubov Popova, Alexandra Exter, Aleksey Morgunov, Mikhail Larionov and Pavel Filonov. Their art, known as Russian Avant-Garde, was a unique movement in art during the early 20th century that combined the traditionally polarized rationality of the West and the non-rationality of the East.
The exhibit, entitled Avant-Garde and Architecture of Consciousness, explores the relationship between Avant-Garde, the perception of it, and modern information and communication technologies. The exhibit encourages the viewers to look beyond the abstractions and see the reality reflected in them. According to Sergey Zhemaitis who conceptualized the exhibit, Avant-garde artists foresaw future scientific discoveries and communication technologies such as the relativity theory, television, the Internet and mobile communications, and these they tried to mirror and reveal through their artworks.
The exhibit features more than sixty high quality reproductions of the originals from the collections of various museums in Russia. It is part of the celebration of the 35th Anniversary of the Russian-Philippine Diplomatic Relations, and is being held within the framework of the preparation for the APEC Summit 2012 in Vladivostok. The exhibit is made possible through the cooperation of the State Museum and Exhibition Center of Russia (ROSIZO), the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the Embassy of the Russian Federation in the Republic of the Philippines, and the Metropolitan Museum of Manila.
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