Riverscapes IN FLUX at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila

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

Shifting Live Object  Into Inanimate 
Video Installation

The Fragrance of the Marikina River
 Inter-active mixed media installation

WOK THE ROCK (Indonesia)
Bandar Raya Snack 

THAN SOK (Cambodia)
Middle  Ground
Installation 10 sculpture

JON ROMERO (Philippines)
South Bridge
Sound Installation

“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.


  1. it's been a while since i was in a museum... it would be refreshing to be invited to one.. and write about it too! thanks for the share

  2. Wow ah those pieces are really something! I will go to a museum later with bloggers. :D

  3. The museum is awesome! I would love to visit if there's a chance. And what made me more interested are the displays from ASEAN countries.

  4. It's great to see a fushion of Asian artist. Very creative works.

  5. This is sad but true, because everything we wanted to see we easily explore it over net. but i guess there still people who believe visiting a certain museum for some art expedition still realistically unparallelled. . .

  6. Iba pa rin when you're looking at art at a museum and when you're looking at it through your screen

  7. Nice exhibit to visit. Great work of Art.

  8. Another great work of! this is another kind of art, there are really a lot of ways to express art.

  9. Those are great artworks! Although you can see lots of creative works online, there's still a different feeling when you see them personally.
    Great share!

  10. A collection of amazing art works from the best artist in the Philippines. I wish I am as talented as them.

  11. its been a long time since I haven't been to any museums like this. It looks very creative and inspriing how people like him has that pinoy pride. Lik that Aung ko Boat Myanmar! Nice details there xx =)

  12. It has been AGES since I've been to a museum but that museum looks different from most of the museum I've been to, it has a more artsy feel and look to it.

  13. would luv to visit this exhibit tagal ko na hindi nakakapasok sa museum. Thanks for sharing this

  14. Awesome great work of arts. Nice to see something that is unique and extra ordinary works from different artist.

  15. It seems that everyone here is a good art critic. That's true the aesthetic value of art is different from viewing it in picture than the seeing the actual objects. Besides in the museum, the art critic like the audience and artist could interact with each other.

  16. Wow! These are really amazing :) Hope I could get a chance to visit the museum soon!

  17. Cool exhibit eh! I am sure the event was a hit!

  18. ubra de maestro and maestra indeed their talented. Not all of us are blessed with this kind of skills and talent. Congrats.

  19. I have heard about this from a friend. Ang ganda pala! Glad to know I have one week pa to take a visit. :)

  20. Very inspiring art..
    Beautiful pieces too.
    I wish to see them personally.


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