This past weekend, the Pinto Art Museum in Antipolo opened its yearend exhibition called 20|21. It features the works of over 100 artists working in a variety of media, themes, and styles. The paintings, sculptures, and mixed-media works that fill the halls of the museum’s Ilustrado I and II of Gallery 7 capture the art scene in a nutshell, offering viewers the latest engagements of contemporary Filipino artists, from the up-and-coming to the mid-career to the fairly established.
Curated by Ferdie Montemayor, 20|21 is an off-shoot of the previous year’s 20|20, which was meant to be an avenue for artists to continue to have a platform for their works despite the pandemic which saw the cancellation of exhibitions and directly affected livelihoods. Coming at the heels of downgraded restrictions and the opening of more art venues, 20/21 strikes a tone of hope as the artists move forward and embrace the possibilities of the emerging new normal.
While a year-ender show invariably showcases a plurality of visions and voices, the artists for the show were encouraged to paint or work with a two-by-two-feet format in order to collectively crystallize their ideas within a compact space. The resulting exhibition presents the pleasing regularity of similarly-sized works juxtaposed side by side, even as they are individually packed with the exuberant energy, creativity, and imagination of their respective makers.
20|21 will be on view until Jan. 2, 2021. For inquiries, email email@example.com.