Your Guide To Art Galleries in Metro Manila (Part 1)
It is no secret that the Philippines is home to incredibly talented visual artists. The country’s history has gathered stalwart names such as Juan Luna and Fernando Amorsolo whose works of glory are treasures the country will always be proud of. Our museums boast of classics whose quality of craftsmanship are as rich as their history.
But our country’s treasures in arts do not stop there. We are still home to numerous contemporary artists whose works, too, are golden and are often poignant. And Manila, being the soil from which several masterpieces are born, come nothing short of platforms where these artists can showcase their work. Past the façade of billboards and commercially designed structures in the Metro Manila urban fabric are soulful nooks of art—galleries that house contemporary and masterful works.
Where they are and what are they? Here are ten modern and independent art galleries in Metro Manila that have become the haven for amazing Filipino talent.
A SPACE MANILA
A SPACE Manila is a co-working space. It houses several floors to cater to several activities designed to provide space for productivity for different companies and working groups. It is, in a nutshell, an incubator—for ideas, for work, for production. They cater to meetings, product trials, and idea-generation to name a few. Most of all, they cater to art. A SPACE Manila has a gallery called “_Gallery”.
It's an extra busy Wednesday for our _EVENTS team, because we have two interesting gatherings happening at A SPACE Greenbelt tonight. One of which is the U.S. Embassy's Innovation Roadshow hosted by Endeavor Philippines over at _GALLERY. Alot of ideas are being thrown in as we speak. #aspacetogather
What’s to Love: The exhibits change occasionally, and they act as a great backdrop for the workspaces that A SPACE Provides. The gallery also serves as an event space where other performance art forms are occasionally held. A SPACE should be worth the visit not only for the art but also for actual work and production.
Where to Find It: Bldg. 110 Legazpi St. Legaspi Village
BLANC Manila Peninsula
While the previous art galleries in Metro Manila can be rather informal, this one is a polar opposite of that. An art gallery in Manila Peninsula opened by an art gallery chain named Blanc provides their spectators a more formal exhibition of contemporary art.
What’s To Love: Their space is mostly catered to established artists to render to actual painting collectors. A lot of the artists they exhibit have been with them since their establishment. Blanc is the perfect space to find pictures from the pros, so to speak.
Where to Find It: Peninsula Manila Hotel Arcade, Makati City
THE DRAWING ROOM
Found in one of the bustling streets of Makati off it The Drawing Room was initially established to showcase works of art done on paper. But through time, The Drawing Room started to showcase more forms of media on different platforms of art.
What’s to Love: Several of the works that are featured in the drawing room are usually in under social and historical themes. The artists and artworks come anew every month.
Where to Find It: 1007 Metropolitan Avenue, Metrostar Building, Makati City
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART AND DESIGN
The museum can be found in one of the greatest art schools in Manila—De La Salle-College of St. Benilde. No doubt its curatorial program is topnotch and the pieces exhibited are world-class.
Tiffany Chung, 2012, Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, Manila #Throwback to our 2012 exhibition, Fabrications with work from Tiffany Chung who just celebrated her birthday! For our friends in Copenhagen, Tiffany Chung's solo exhibition at #CAMP (Center for Art on Migration Politics) has been extended until 12 December! #tbt #tiffanychung #contemporaryart #art #mcadmanila #therecanbenobetterworld
What’s to Love: It is the only museum and gallery in the country the exhibits pieces from the local and foreign art scene. It caters not only to its students but also to the general public. MCAD also acts as a learning environment and an exhibit space for the students of CSB-School of Design and Art and outside visitors.
Where to Find It: G/F School of Design and Arts Campus De La Salle- College of Saint Benilde 950 P. Ocampo St., Manila
MO_Space is a gallery run by artists that showcases contemporary pieces in varied dynamic forms. It is a warehouse shifted into one of the most contemporary art galleries in the city.
What’s To Love: More than showcasing the usual art-on-canvas pieces, MO_Space is one of those art galleries in Metro Manila that usually features installation art and even performance art as part of their exhibits. Moreover, they also feature digital art which cannot often be found in the art galleries in the metro.
Where to Find It: Mos Design Building, Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City, Fort Taguig