Art exhibits: Al Manrique, Plataporma, UP Baguio


Posted at Mar 15 2011 06:21 PM | Updated as of Mar 16 2011 02:21 AM

MANILA, Philippines - This month, art lovers can still catch the exhibits of a number of notable local artists.

Works of the late activist and visual artist Al Manrique, for one, are currently on display in an exhibit called Tapping the Vein at the South Wing Gallery of the University of the Philippines-Diliman's Jorge B. Vargas Museum (UPVM). It will run until April 3, 2011.

The exhibit commemorates Manrique's death anniversary, featuring paintings, prints and photographs that have never been shown to the public.

His works are metaphors of the struggle of workers and the urban poor, with arms, hands and veins symbolizing the relationship between power and repression, and the articulation of freedom against oppression, UPVM said in a statement.

For more information, call the UPVM at (632) 928-1927 (direct line) or 981-8500 local 4024, send an e-mail to [email protected] or visit its official website at


Meanwhile, art collective Plataporma is displaying its series of installations that evaluate the geography and institutional history of the Lopez Museum in Pasig City.

Called Extensions, the exhibit will run at Gallery 5 of the Lopez Museum until April 20, 2011. It caps the year-long commemoration of the museum's jubilee.

Also featured in the exhibit are multimedia works by Maya Muñoz and volunteer group Rock Ed Philippines, among others.

UP Baguio

"How is community retained while allowing a modicum of individuality? Does embracing the new necessarily entail an abandonment of the past? What must be retained; what can be reinvented?"

These are among the questions asked by fine arts students of the University of the Philippines-Baguio through the exhibit Tesselated Lives, which will run at the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) in Intramuros, Manila until March 30, 2011.

The exhibit brings together over 15 photographs, sculptures, paintings and prints by students Kizel Cotiw-an, Juvenile Bacolcol, Rochelle Bakissan, Vincent Toribio, Harinam Tibon, Potchie Lazaro, Jael Milan, Joy Galinato, Lyle Hilotin, Joshua Agpaoa, Kyrke Jaleco, Paolo Villacorta, Renz Ocampo and Romeo Christo Rosete IV, among others.

Works by UP Baguio faculty Liz Rañola and Fara Manuel will also be featured in Tesselated Lives.

For more information, contact Mimi Santos or Ethel Buluran at +632 527-2192 local 512 or send an e-mail to [email protected]