MANILART has converged people from different artistic fields and backgrounds in its sixth year as the longest running visual arts fair in Metro Manila.
Held at the SMX Convention Center of SM Aura, Taguig City from October 15 to 19, ManilArt 2014 was attended by artists, curators, art enthusiasts, appreciators of the humanities, curious on-lookers and mall goers.
Through the support of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), along with the other sponsoring organizations, the art fair featured 208 galleries and their numerous artworks in various forms and medium.
Features and highlights
Aside from the galleries in attendance, there were other notable features included in the ManilArt 2014.
Ramon Orlina of the newly opened Museo Orlina loaned a few of his glass sculptures for the exhibit along with the crafts of other artists featured in September’s Sculpture Review.
Endangered Visions, an exhibit curated by Gromyko Semper of Cabanatuan which featured the works of 23 foreign artists and 18 local artists focused on the creators’ innermost thoughts, was also installed at the entrance of the SMX Convention.
ManilArt 2014 also tied up with Citem for the Manila FAME, a trade fair for the best products for home furnishing, fashion lifestyle and the visual arts happening simultaneously at SM Mall of Asia’s SMX Convention Center. Attendees of the ManilART were entitled to a discounted ticket for the Manila FAME and were provided free shuttle service by the JeepneyTours.
True to its “Crossing Borders” theme, ManilArt showcased a wide variety of contemporary art that forgathered artists and art workers from different regions and has piqued the interest of the viewers in different aspects.
Crafts from artists of different ages and cultural backgrounds were concerted in its making. Vivid colors that take concrete and abstract forms graced a large number of panels. Acrylic, oil and charcoal gave life to dead-white canvases and olden papers. Some artists even took their painting to a 3D level, mounted on walls with a relief effect that changes as one walks by.
Sculpted masterpieces differed in presentation and have utilized an array of implements from shiny metal, to plain and color-splattered plaster, to wood, to ornate glass, to other improvised elements.
Multimedia art and digital photography are also presented for the pleasure of viewing.
Everyone is welcome
ManilArt also bridged the gap between the elites of the art scene and the lay through different activities.
Firstly, the gala night held on the eve of October 15 were attended by the Taguig City Mayor Lani Cayetano, NCCA OIC-Executive Director Adelina Suemith, NCCA Chairman Felipe de Leon, Jr., diplomats from Italy, Chile, Belarus, France, and Angola, Metrobank President Aniceto Sobrepeña, Lifestyle Magazine editor Anna Sobrepeña, various media personalities together with people immersed in the arts.
In the days that followed, creators joined the crowd of marveling people; the masters have become the audience of another’s art.
Through walking tours, book launch, lectures, demonstrations and the other related activities which catered to regular fair goers, the public school students of Taguig and other attending parties.
With the great number of crafts displayed in the ManilArt, one can say that the Filipino art scene is continuously flourishing.