Article by: Zaineen Karim
One of the best things about living in Manila is being surrounded by a culturally rich city with a thriving art scene. From classical to contemporary, there is an abundance of galleries, street art locations, and art fairs to take advantage of. Here is a list of some cool places to check out.
Art in Island
Location: 175 15th Ave., Cubao, Quezon City
Sometimes you just have to be the art. The best place to do this is at Art in Island, an interactive 3D art museum and a must-see attraction. The striking optical illusions present you with the opportunity to step into a painting instead of just observing it. It’s a great place to take that new facebook profile picture you need.
The Drawing Room
Location: 1007 Metropolitan Avenue, Makati City
The Drawing Room features art on paper. The art, mainly consisting of drawings and paintings, gives off a very classic feel and promotes a cosmopolitan and urban form of thinking while commenting on Filipino culture and history. The drawing room has propelled many artists to the international stage and is a regular participant in both local and international art fairs.
Location: Dela Rosa Street, Makati City
The Ayala Museum has an impressive collection of contemporary art, rich with insight on Filipino culture and history. Its most notable collection is the Philippine Diorama Experience. The museum also has a collection of archaeological artifacts and is the home of the Filipinas Heritage Library.
Location: Bonifacio High Street, 9th Ave, Taguig City
This artist-run gallery showcases innovative artists and pushes the boundaries of art in the Philippines. MO_Space showcases paintings, sculptures, installations, photography, videos and performances. It is a very artist-centered gallery and even provides free exhibition space for rising artists.
Location: 277 Connecticut Street, Greenhills East, Mandaluyong City
Artinformal was founded by a group of Filipino contemporary artists with the aim of bringing contemporary art closer to the community. The gallery promotes a wide range of art in the form of painting, sculpture, pottery, installation, multimedia and performances. Artinformal has brought many artists to the international platform.
Finale Art File
Location: Warehouse 17, Chino Roces Avenue, La Fuerza Compound, Makati City
This gallery has been at the frontier of contemporary art in Manila since the 1980s. Finale Art File has a huge range of artwork from lots of different artists. The large space consists of three galleries that can accommodate complex installations and group shows, making it one of the more exciting art galleries to visit.
Locations: 11th Ave, Taguig, Metro Manila and The Fort
Pablo has two galleries in Manila with two completely different identities. Pablo Cubao X is the first gallery and was originally created to let emerging artists take the stage. However, as it developed a great reputation, it gained the attention of older, more experienced artists. Thus Pablo Fort was born!
Location: 2320 Don Chino Roces Avenue, Makati City
The stylish Silverlens gallery focuses on wall-based artworks such as paintings and photographs. They showcase both local and internationally acclaimed artists and are a major player in the international art fair scene. The gallery is known for its high standards in art.
Location: 7274 Malugay St., San Antonio Village, Makati
There’s something exciting about art sprayed all over the walls everywhere you look. The Collective is the ultimate street art haven that takes up a compound and consists of restaurants and art shops to accompany the vivid street art.
The Art Fair Philippines
Location: Undetermined (website with updates: http://artfairphilippines.com/#sec-main)
The Art Fair Philippines collects and showcases the best artwork from across the nation as well as art from other nations. In 2016, the fair will take place from February 18th – 21st. With a vast variety of art from a wide range of galleries, it is the best place to discover new art and new galleries. Be sure to visit the fair!
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