For many of us who grew up prior to technology and social media, the study of history can be boring. Luckily, advances in science have made this important subject fun and even interactive! That’s what I Am Cardboard did when they created another virtual reality diorama in partnership with the Ayala Museum, this time focusing on Emilio Aguinaldo and Andres Bonifacio.
I like it when institutions take art out of the intimidating space of the museum and gallery and put it in high-traffic areas for everyday people to see. Not only does it make a space more beautiful, it allows people to see how talented Filipino artists are. It makes my heart swell with pride when I hear record-breaking visits to Art in the Park and Art Fair Philippines.
SM is joining the movement to bring art to everyone with Art For Everyone, a week-long exhibit across 23 SM Malls to showcase the talent of local artists. I got to visit the exhibit in SM Aura, where they featured works curated by the Center for Art, New Ventures & Sustainable Development (CANVAS), a non-profit aimed to promote children’s literacy, explore national identity, and deepen public appreciation for Philippine art, culture, and the environment.
I love visiting museums so the first time I heard that the National Museum of the Philippines is constructing a building dedicated to natural history, I was excited. I lapped up every bit of news and fell in love when I saw photos of the interiors. When it finally opened on May 18, I wanted to go but I heard the place was crowded. While I’m happy that people are taking an interest in the arts, I also want breathing space when I visit.
Fast forward to a few months later and I finally got to visit!
I’ve been a fan of Anina Rubio ever since I saw her murals of leaves and flowers for Art in Aura, an initiative to bring art out of the gallery and into public spaces. So when I was told that I could watch her paint a new mural, I had to say yes! She was invited by Seattle’s Best Coffee for the first SBC Perkspective, a series of quarterly pocket events that offers talks, workshops, and informal meet-ups.
Gavel&Block, a subsidiary of of the country’s premier auction house, Salcedo Auctions, partnered with International School Manila (ISM) for benefit, an auction to raise funds for ISM Vicky SyCip Herrera Filipino scholars.
For quite some time, man has been obsessed with the universe. You can see this in pop culture, where Hollywood has released films set in space as early as 1968 with Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. In recent times, we’ve seen Alien, Star Wars, and Gravity. Even Netflix has gotten into it, with titles like The Cloverfield Paradox and Lost in Space. Star Trek may have called it the final frontier but The Mind Museum is taking us to the galaxy now with their new exhibit, Space Adventure: Journey to the Wonders of the Universe!
After the success of Art Fair Philippines comes Art in the Park, an affordable and outdoor art fair set in the Jaime Velasquez Park in Salcedo Village. It’s meant to be more casual than AFP and allows collectors, patrons, supporters, and first-timers to explore the local art scene for free in a laidback atmosphere. This year’s run will be on April 15 and I’m super excited to see what’s going to happen this weekend!
Art Basel is one of the world’s most important art fairs, where galleries gather to showcase the latest work from top artists. Since starting in Basel, Switzerland in 1970, it has expanded to Miami and Hong Kong. At Hong Kong this year, Filipino artists got to exhibit their works to important art dealers, collectors, and gallery owners.