Japanese netsuke exhibit in Bacolod and Manila
THE Japan Foundation, Manila, in collaboration with Ayala Museum and Ayala Malls, presents Contemporary Wood-Carved Netsuke, a traveling exhibition which will be on view at Ayala Malls Capitol Central, Bacolod City from May 1 to 26, and at Ayala Malls Greenbelt 5 from July 1 to 21. Admission is free. Netsuke are small carvings that were originally toggles to secure personal items suspended on cords from the obi, evolved into small but highly creative carvings. Today, classic netsuke have gained international acclaim for their remarkable detail. The traveling exhibit presents 65 works by contemporary Japanese netsuke carvers and artists.
Carabao sculpture honors Negros
BAO, The Unbowed Carabao is an artistic collaboration of two Negrense artists, sculptor Paeng Paderna and mosaic artist Lisa de Leon-Zayco, a carabao sculpture made of concrete, brass, and tesserae to marry the arts with the agricultural heritage of Negros. The massive piece, with support from the Angelica Berrie Foundation, will be unveiled at The Negros Museum grounds in Bacolod City in late April. Concurrently, a back-to-back exhibition, titled Coming Home, will celebrate the work of De Leon-Zayco and Paderna. Coming Home will run until May 31.
Applications to be a MaArte Exhibitor available
THE Museum Foundation of the Philippines, Inc. (MFPI) holds an annual fundraiser, MaArte at The Pen, that showcases quality Filipino products that promote the best in Philippine crafts, culture. and heritage. The event is organized by MFPI to raise funding support for the National Museum and its network. The MFPI is now accepting applications to participate in the bazaar. To join, e-mail a letter of intent with the company profile and photos of products to email@example.com. For inquiries, call the MaArte Secretariat at 404-2685 and/or mobile 0917-706-3773, Tuesdays to Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Deadline of submissions is on April 30.
Group show at Silverlens
THE Silverlens show Primary Drives features four contemporary artists — young and emerging artists Lou Lim and Issay Rodriguez alongside established and respected artists Gary-Ross Pastrana and Maria Taniguchi. It opens on April 27, 6-9 p.m. The show will run from April 27 April to May 25 at Silverlens, 2263 Don Chino Roces Ave. Ext., Makati City.
‘Mi último adiós’ poetry recital at Día del Libro
ON April 27, during the celebration of Instituto Cervantes’ Día del Libro at the Ayala Triangle, there will be a poetry recitation of “Mi último adiós” to pay tribute to the Filipino writer and national hero José Rizal. Seventy participants are needed to recite a stanza from the poem, and each recitation will be video-recorded, compiled and edited. The final video will be uploaded on the website and social media pages of Instituto Cervantes Manila. Those who wish to participate can come to the Día del Libro and sign up for this activity. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. and recording will be until 6 p.m. Participants will be given a rose and a chance to win a free Spanish course. Among the other Día del Libro activities are the Book Market where bookstores and publishing houses will sell books at a 20% discount; the Rewriting of Don Quijote, where around 500 participants hand-write an excerpt from Don Quijote de la Mancha; book signings with José Miguel Arguelles (11 a.m.), Karl de Mesa (11:30 a.m.), Ferdinand Jarin and Cyan Abad Hugo (2 p.m.), Gabriella Lee (2:30 p.m.), Francis Quina and Carla Pacis (3 p.m.), Trese creators Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo (3:30 p.m.), Carlos Malvar (4:30 p.m.), Ambeth Ocampo (4 p.m.), and Jessica Zafra (5 p.m.); film screenings; storytelling for children; and chuta-gol for football fans. At 7:30 p.m. there will be a Posporos concert, featuring Vulk, a Basque punk band from Bilbao, and The Late Isabel, an art rock band from the Philippines. Admission to all Día del Libro activities is free on a first-come, first-served basis. For details, visit http://manila.cervantes.es or https://www.facebook.com/events/401565707311004/.
Kenneth Montegrande exhibit at Altro Mondo
KENNETH John Montegrande — who is the first Filipino and also the first Southeast Asian artist whose work are housed in the collection of Contemporary Arts Foundation founded and directed by Yusaku Maezawa — will be showing his new works at his 6th solo exhibition, Remarkable Imperfections: The Art of Kenneth Montegrande at the new Altro Mondo Creative Space at 1159 Chino Roces Ave., Makati, from April 27 to May 20. The exhibition opens on April 27, 6 p.m.