4 art events to check out this weekend


Posted at Feb 18 2014 07:36 PM | Updated as of Feb 19 2014 03:36 AM

MANILA – Here are some events this weekend which may be of interest to art and culture enthusiasts.

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Art Fair Philippines 2014

The Link Carpark at Ayala Center, Makati will once again be transformed into a wider art space from February 20 to 23 for Art Fair Philippines 2014 (AFP).

This year’s AFP will extend to a second floor area and will showcase more art galleries, with the exhibition venue designed by Leandro V. Locsin Partners and styled by Kenneth Cobonpue.

Expect to see works by established names in the local art scene as well as by promising newcomers. Participating galleries include Altro Mondo, Archivo, Art Cube, Art Informal, Avellana Art Gallery, Blanc, Boston Gallery, CANVAS, Crucible, Equator Art Projects, Finale, Galleria Duemila, Light and Space Contemporary, Liongoren Gallery, Manila Contemporary, MO Space, NOVA, Now Gallery, Pablo, Paseo Art Gallery, Secret Fresh, Richard Koh Fine Art, Silverlens, TAKSU, The Drawing Room, Tin-Aw, West Gallery, and 1335 Mabini, Salcedo Private View.

There will be on-site installations by Rodel Tapaya, a reception area piece by Jose John Santos III, an interactive sports-inspired work by Louie Cordero, and silk screened scarves and graphic wallpaper from UK-trained artist Pio Abad.

The second level area will feature sculptural works by National Artist Benedicto Cabrera as well as solo exhibitions by Marina Cruz, Geraldine Javier and Ronald Ventura.

Christie's, meanwhile, will hold lectures on Southeast Asian contemporary art and art historical movements on February 20 at 4 p.m. and February 21 and 22 at 3 p.m.

For more information about the event, visit www.artfairphilippines.com or www.facebook.com/artfairph.

Click here for a glimpse of last year's AFP.

MNL X: Festival of New Performances

PResNt (Performance Research Network) and the Cultural Center of the Philippines is set to hold the first MNL X: Festival of New Performances from February 19 to 23 at the CCP Tanghalang Batute, where dance, theater and performance art combine to present a contemporary performance experience.

Some of the featured artists and companies here are Jay Cruz, Tess Jamias, Eisa Jocson, Arco Renz, Transitopia Plus, Kolab Co., Sipat Lawin Ensemble, Destiyero Theater Commune, INC (Innovative Noise Collective), Games People Play, and Art is Talk.

For more information about the event, contact 0917 554-0408 or 0917 506-4517 or e-mail [email protected]

Going Beyond

Celso Duazo Pepito opens his 37th one-man show titled “Going Beyond” at 6:30 p.m. on February 21 at SM Art Center in SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City.

Pepito is known for his paintings that tackle spirituality, positive change, family values and traditions, and nationalism. He has been in the art practice for more than three decades, joining over 200 group shows and organizing exhibits.

His exhibit will run until March 8, 2014. For more information, call Fe or Celso Pepito at 0928 938-3148, 0915 310-3921, 924-0926 or 425-0509.

Romantic Brahms

The Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra will perform music about love and tragedy in a concert at 8 p.m. on February 21 at the Meralco Theater. American violinist Odin Rathnam will serve as guest soloist, while Olivier Ochanine conducts.

The concert, titled “Romantic Brahms,” will feature Johannes Brahms’ Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77, Richard Wagner’s music from his opera “Tristan und Isolde” and Tchaikovsky’s “Romeo and Juliet Overture,” among others.

Since his critically acclaimed Lincoln Center debut in 1993, Rathnam has established himself as one of the most passionate and versatile artists of his generation. He has been praised by critics and audiences for his “captivating temperament,” “brilliant technique” and for “recalling the legendary violinists of the past.”

Ticket prices to “Romantic Brahms” are priced from P500 to P1,500 each, with discounts available to students, senior citizens and groups.

For more information, call the CCP Marketing Department at 832-1125 local 1806, the CCP Box Office at 832-3704, or Ticketworld at National Bookstore at 891-9999.