3 art hotspots you need to see in Manila

Check out these exhibits before they close this week

Keeping still in Pasig City

Space Encounters Gallery’s “Stillness Is The Noise” (runs until March 15) is set in a pseudo-cafe — complete with free-flowing coffee. The gallery’s first photography exhibit features the works of our regular contributors: Jilson Tiu, Miguel Nacianceno, Sonny Thakur and Toto Labrador — alongside those by Cru Camara, Carmen del Prado, Floyd Johnson and Eloisa Lopez. fb.com/spaceencountersgallery

Two worlds in Makati City

Art in the Park returns to the Jaime Velasquez Park at Salcedo Village in Makati on March 17 from 10am to 10pm. Now on its 13th year, the affordable art fair will feature Art Fair Phillippines favorites including artists Zean Cabangis, Yeo Kaa, and Leeroy New. Prices of artworks are capped at P50,000 and part of the proceeds will be donated to the Museum Foundation of the Philippines. As an added treat, the Soulful Mood trio will be playing mellow jazz tunes throughout the day, while the Bleu Rascals will play in the evening. Food tents will be set up and entrance is free. artinthepark.ph; fb.com/artinthepark

The Altro Mondo Creative Space at 1159 Chino Roces Avenue is three times bigger compared to its former space, and has five exhibition halls. For an opening salvo in its new home, the gallery is running a group show “Ouverture” featuring eminent and emerging Filipino and international artists until March 17. altromondo.ph

If you have more time …

Two major exhibits are currently on display at the Ayala Museum:

“BPI: Images of Nation” (until May 19) from the private art collection of the Bank of the Philippine Islands features the works of 14 Philippine National Artists: Fernando Amorsolo, Carlos “Botong” Francisco, Napoleon Abueva, Victorio Edades, Vicente Manansala, Cesar Legaspi, Hernando Ocampo, Arturo Luz, J. Elizalde Navarro, Ang Kiukok, Jose Joya, Benedicto “BenCab” Cabrera, Abdulmari Asia Imao, and Federico Aguilar.

Gold in Our Veins” (until May 26) by artist and fashion educator Mark Lewis Lim Higgins re-imagines antiquity through a series of portraits inspired by the ancient histories of Indochina, the East Indies, and the Philippines — a celebration of the richness of the Filipinos’ past.

ayalamuseum.org; fb.com/ayalamuseum

*compiled by Dexter Matilla

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