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Art in the everyday

OBJECTS and materials used in daily life are transformed into art at an exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila.

Statue of ‘comfort women’ pulled from Japan exhibit finds new home

MADRID — A Spanish businessman has bought a statue symbolizing women forced to work in Japanese military brothels which was removed from an exhibition in Japan after organizers received threats over the piece.

Instituto Cervantes holds exhibit on literary legacy of Miguel Hernández

FROM July 25 to Sept. 16, the Instituto Cervantes de Manila will be holding the exhibition, Miguel Hernández, a plena luz, in its center in Intramuros.

Conrad exhibit combines good feng shui and art

FOR THE 9th installment of its ongoing Of Art and Wine series, the Conrad Manila features the works of Filipino-Chinese artist Elizabeth Anne “Lizanne” Uychaco, who is known for combining modern art and the art of feng shui. It is ongoing until Aug. 11 at the hotel’s Gallery C.

A piece of Venice Biennale’s PHL Pavilion comes home to Manila

A PART of the exhibit which made up the Philippine Pavilion at the 57th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia in Venice, Italy, can now be seen in Manila, at the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD), where it is on view until July 20.

Tiny bulletproof vests centerpiece of New York art exhibit on school...

NEW YORK — Rows of tiny bullet-proof vests hang on clothing racks and “safety defense” lunchboxes adorn the walls. It looks like an apparel store — almost.

Major exhibit tackles the works of National Artists Locsin, Santos

STRUCTURES tell the story of a civilization. Old churches in the Philippines have survived three colonial periods, earthquakes, and fires. Tourists now flock to buildings that survived World War 2, guides narrating the horrors that took place during that benighted period. Mansions, repurposed as museums or restaurants, tell the economic history of a province. Newer edifices tell us much about nation-building after colonization and war.

Nemi Miranda’s pure imagination

“I LOOKED at people, I try to imagine them, and draw them from memory. I never use pictures because I hate pictures,” painter Nemi R. Miranda, Jr. said about his creative process. “What you see my painting is the product of my soul.”

Images of faith

FOR Catholics, religious images are representations of faith. The religious and devotees of patrons wipe cloth on images with the belief that this brings physical healing. In some communities, a statue of the Blessed Virgin is transferred from one house to another after a week. Miracles have purportedly been witnessed in the presence of holy images.

Exhibit focuses on the religious images of the Talleres de Maximo...

A SPECIAL exhibit is ongoing at Rustan’s Makati featuring the religious art of the Talleres de Maximo Vicente.

UST-CAFA artists reunite in show

FOUR YEARS ago, visual artist Maris Medina thought of organizing a reunion with her batch mates from the UST College of Fine Arts, Advertising batch 1980. With the help of social media, she was able to rekindle old friendships. Aside from a planned reunion, she spearheaded the idea of mounting a batch exhibit.

Have fun like an Avenger in new exhibit

AN INTERACTIVE exhibit comes to SM malls as Marvel fans await the conclusion to a series of Avengers films.

Absorbing Vincent: Van Gogh goes immersive in Paris exhibition

PARIS — A Paris gallery is offering visitors the chance to immerse themselves in the colorscapes of Vincent Van Gogh like never before.

Manila then and now, seen through Brocka and Bernal

MANILA in 2019 is a bustling concrete jungle where the middle class and urban poor strive to have decent life, but in reality its streets are riddled with victims of extrajudicial killings, nine-year-old street urchins used by drug peddlers, inefficient public transport, and other inequalities and injustices.

Exhibit honors Brocka, Bernal

THE legacies of the iconic auteurs Lino Brocka and Ishmael Bernal, both Philippine National Artists for Film, will be honored a special exhibition called Brocka, Bernal and the City, at the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB) School of Design and Arts (SDA) Campus starting Jan. 25.

An elaborate process creates the deceptively simple

ABSTRACT paintings hold a multitude of meanings depending on the beholder, so instead of looking for meaning, one way to connect to the art work is to look at and appreciate the labor behind the creation.

Livin’ in a surreal world

BORN IN 1941, artist Raul H. Lebajo is still a kid at heart. For his ongoing exhibit, he invites viewers into the world of his imagination, of fantastic worlds and phantasmagorias.

Consistency in evolution

GUS ALBOR says he is an apolitical artist. But when asked why he called his ongoing exhibition -- on view at the Ayala Museum until Feb. 10 -- Territory, he said it pertains to the Philippine-China dispute over the Spratly Islands.

Jackson fans look to beat it down to Paris

PARIS — A portrait of Michael Jackson as King Philip II of Spain and an Andy Warhol print are among artworks on display at a show in Paris dedicated to the late pop star.

China critic’s HK art show canceled after threat

A HONG KONG exhibition featuring an artist critical of China — as well as the band Pussy Riot and former protest leader Joshua Wong — has been canceled because of “threats” by the Chinese authorities, the organizer said.

The essence of martial arts

WHETHER it is making sushi, growing bonsai, drinking tea, or arranging flowers, there is art present in every aspect of Japanese culture. Beyond being a sport or methods of self defense, the martial arts are, as well, a Japanese art form.

Shanghai exhibit draws egg lovers and selfie takers

SHANGHAI — “Last one in is a rotten egg,” a neon sign in brilliant pink goads, as half a dozen people frolic and snap photos in a giant caviar bowl.

ASEAN artists come together in a 3-part show

ON AUG. 8, 1967, the founding members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) — the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, and Thailand — signed a document (later known as the ASEAN Declaration) describing the region as “bound together by ties of history and culture.”

Exhibit explores what binds ASEAN art together

DESPITE OUR differences in religion, culture, and lifestyle, the Philippines and its neighboring countries are held together by the language of art. To demonstrate both the contrasts and the resemblances, the Philippines is hosting a contemporary art exhibition called Ties of History: Art in Southeast Asia.

Designing clothes with a story

AT SoFA Design Institute, madness breeds creativity — or is it the other way around? As a culminating activity for the school’s 24 fashion graduates this year, a public exhibition has been set up at Makati’s Power Plant Mall where original, eclectic, and whimsical clothes are on view.

Tam-Awan: Celebrating the Cordillera arts for 20 years

BAGUIO’s Tam-Awan Village is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a travelling art exhibition featuring artists it has worked with through the years. Naturally, some of the subjects are about nature, the culture of the Cordillera, and the indigenous peoples and their artefacts like a native bag or bracelet.

Celebrating Philippine Cinema’s 100th year with an exhibit

FILMS TELL the story and present the identity of a nation and its people. So to mark 100 years of Philippine cinema, filmmaker and UP Film Institute associate professor Nicolas A. Deocampo has curated an exhibit titled Hidden Cinema: The Virtual Experience of Philippine Cinema’s Centenary, showcasing the evolution of motion pictures in the country.

Why show art in a hotel?

AT ITS most basic, the task of a hotel is to give you a bed to stay in for a short period of time. The Conrad Manila elevates the experience of a hotel stay by displaying works by esteemed Filipino artists in its quarterly Art and Wine.

Spain’s Unfinished business

SPAIN’s 2016 entry at the Venice Architecture Biennale has found a temporary home at the reconstructed San Ignacio Church in Intramuros, the Walled City of Manila.

What’s in a name?

AN ONGOING exhibition at the Ayala Museum called Historia showcases 54 artworks that span the history of the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) from 1851 when BPI was still called Banco Español Filipino de Isabel II to today’s modern art in keeping with today’s modern bank.

Pacita Abad: the global Filipino artist who had a million things...

WHO IS Pacita Abad? In 1984, she became the first woman to win the prestigious Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) awards for her contributions to the art world. She had broken barriers then, and, her legacy resonates until today, because 14 years after her death in 2004, Ms. Abad still has “a million things to say.”

Keeping heritage churches in focus

WHAT DOES it mean to take photographs of our churches and then exhibit them? Beyond nostalgia, the ongoing exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of...

To love it you must know it: the educational role of...

TO FALL in love with something, one must first know it. This is how historian Fr. Rene Javellana, SJ, a member of the National Museum...

The soul of the Filipino expressed in fabric

THE ANCIENTS wove their dreams and aspirations into fabric, and the theme has been consistent through fashion. An exhibit featuring the clothes and collections...

Toym’s Labyrinth

By Menchu Aquino Sarmiento Art Review Super Robot — Suffer Reboot May 11 to July 11 Bulwagan ng Dangal-Main Library, UP Diliman, Quezon City FOR 10-year-old Toym Imao, then...

Fluidity and mastery of colors

By Nickky F. P. de Guzman, Reporter THE WORKS of Filipino artist Edgar Doctor heal. In his ongoing exhibition at the Conrad Hotel’s Gallery C...

Ready for another spin?

DO YOU often feel that Philippine politics is simply taking you for a ride? A series of paintings by a political cartoonist is set...

Lost and found: an exhibit

THERE IS a Sarah Geronimo in all of us. For those outside of the pop culture loop, know that the singer broke down in the...

UP landmarks, scenes focus of exhibit

TO MARK the 10th anniversary of the signing of the University of the Philippines Charter and celebrate the homecoming of the UP School of...

Batasan exhibit raising funds for UP Fine Arts scholarships

SIXTY artworks by UP College of Fine Arts alumni have been on view at the northwing lobby of the House of Representatives in Batasan...

Exhibit honors Marawi soldiers, citizens

ARTIST Nemi Miranda is holding an exhibit titled Marawi in the Eyes of an Artist at Robinsons Galleria until Feb. 28. Over 30 works...

Giant travel fair runs this weekend

THIS year’s Travel Tour Expo (TTE) is the biggest in its 25 years existence as it occupies the entire SMX Convention Center — 16,230-square...

Melissa la O’ debuts at Singapore’s Art Stage 2018

AFTER successful shows in Tokyo, Munich, and Taipei in 2017, international Filipino artist Melissa la O’ (melissalaostudio.com) will mount her first solo exhibition, Eden,...

Family ends row over legacy of Arman

PARIS — A decade-long row between the heirs of the sculptor Arman, whose works were once some of the most expensive in the world,...

When the curator is an artist

FEDERICO DE VERA has created his own personal museum inside the Ayala Museum. The renowned New York City-based Filipino jewelry designer and gallery owner...