In a world where Twitter, Facebook and Instagram are the new personal journals/diaries, I couldn't help but wonder... when was the last time you've been in a museum?
Well, mine was last year. It was at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila with Curator Tats Manahan in an exhibit of the wonderful works of Claudio Bravo: Sojourn in Manila and that was around September 2012.
It was truly inspirational. Even his paintings reflect how he was inspired by Filipino culture and fell in love with our imagery and skin color. On top of that, were walls with his quotes and message to the youth and his visions. Apparently, most of the collectors of Claudio Bravo's works did not allow to have the paintings to be photographed so I took a photo of how it would look like from above.
But fun isn't there without photos. :) So there were few paintings that I got approved to be put on published. You can view it HERE on my previous post.
And Tessa Prieto-Valdez was there too!
This summer, the Metropolitan Museum of Manila and the Goethe-Institut invite you to experience Riverscapes IN FLUX to open until April 13, 2013.
Seventeen artists from Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, and the Philippines explore how people interact with water through art installations and intermedia, meditating on a life and world that is, like the river, constantly in flux. Initiated by Goethe-Institut Vietnam, the traveling exhibition has been shown in Hanoi, Saigon, Bangkok, Phnom Penh and now in Manila before moving to its last destination in Jakarta on June 2013. Riverscapes IN FLUX features the works of Filipino artists Jon Romero and Christine Poblador among the 17 Southeast Asian artists.
AUNG KO (Myanmar)
The Sight Viewed from Boat
MAHARDIKA YUDHA (Indonesia)
Shifting Live Object Into Inanimate
GOLDIE POBLADOR (Philippines)
The Fragrance of the Marikina River
Inter-active mixed media installation
WOK THE ROCK (Indonesia)
Bandar Raya Snack
THAN SOK (Cambodia)
Installation 10 sculpture
JON ROMERO (Philippines)
“With this art project, the Goethe-Institut wants to contribute to raising awareness about the invaluable ecological and cultural heritage of the major river landscapes in Southeast Asia,” says director of the Goethe-Institut Vietnam, Almuth Meyer-Zollitsch. “We hope for a lively exchange between artists and visitors that will flow beyond borders – just like the rivers themselves.”
The Manila run is curated by Claro Ramirez, Jr.
Ramirez is a multimedia artist whose paintings, sculptures, photographs, sound works and mixed media installations have ben exhibited in China, Japan, Bangladesh, Denmark, Poland and the United States. He is a former apprentice of the Philippines National Artist for Visual Arts Cesar Legaspi, and a graduate of the University of the Philippines and University of Santo Tomas. Ramirez has worked as a consultant for artistic direction of exhibitions and new media projects at several museums and international cultural institutes, including the Goethe-Institut. He recently curated Nothing to Declare at the Yuchengco Museum and was one of the four curators of Sungdu-an National Visual Art Exhibition at the National Museum of the Philippines in 2009. He has just also recently participated in Art Video Exchange at Smallprojects in Tromso, Norway and the 14th Jakarta Biennale, along with exhibitions at the Finale Art File and Mo Space Gallery in the Philippines.
Riverscapes IN FLUX is now open for public until April 13, 2013.
For more information, contact 708-7829 / 0922-87695324 or e-mail marketing @metmuseum.ph
The Metropolitan Museum of Manila is located at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Malate, Manila. Open Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 5:30 pm.