Sunday, September 28, 2014

Intermedia: Met Open 2014

A candid photo I successfully mined through instagram (with the permission of the owner). The chat dealt with mostly ontological matters, revolving around personal matters, Judaism, nationalism, culture, history, God, death, faith, and purpose.

I got to know them better.

The Press Kit.

"The Metropolitan Museum of Manila invites the public to its first edition of MET OPEN 2014, a benefit exhibition on contemporary art which will run from Sunday, September 21 to October 4, 2014."

"Consistent to its goals of exploring various channels of engaging museum audiences in  experiencing Philippine contemporary and modern art, Met Open 2014 brings together five of the most respected curators in the country to curate the entire exhibition which draws chronological and current references from the survey exhibition of The Philippine Contemporary Art Exhibition: To Scale the Past and the Present. Old and new works by different artists (including national artists) will be juxtaposed in the curators' collective and designated spaces. The Met Open seeks to promote a better understanding of past, current, and evolving themes, period trends and movements, artistic media and many more recurring and timely concerns in the Philippine art scene today. "

"What I expect from the visitor is to feel enlightenment, and pride in our arts."

Jerome of art+.

ABS-CBN Cameraman.

The museum director's tour. Charlie Co's The Burning World
hanging on the left.

"We need genuine art critics."

Catholic iconography.

I must admit how fun the guestbook-post was. I mean, you get to meet and interact with every person who'll enter (artists, writers, socialites, oligarchs, titans, politicians, academics, curators, etc.). Don't forget you'll be first in line to see the hot guys. :3 

Introductory remarks.

The President's speech.

As a proud Starefier (a person who stares and looks out for selfie potentials at any event), it amazed me how people can be so un-snobbish if they wanted to.

The tour-guide-savant, anti-oligarchy activist, Carlos Celdran.

Fashionista-niche-r Tessa Prieto, and visual artist Asian-modernist Arturo Luz.

Interview # 1

A friend of mine asked him if he was in this so-in-so  ballet the other night, he told us, that if anybody wanted him to fall asleep, then they should simply take him to the ballet. I appreciated his candor.

Doris Magsaysay-Ho, a patron of the arts. Obviously, hard-working and down-to-earth.

The red-dressed, high-heeled, senior facing Luz is a model for geriatrics. 

Art-worlder, moi, and Irene Marcos-Araneta.

Hot French Aryan alert... :-#

Interview # 2

The brother representing a world icon, the late (and one of many favorites of mine) Pacita Abad.

Me: Hi! Sorry, but...can I just say, for the record, I abhor violence for violence's sake.

Florencio (Butch): Hahahahaha

I think it's important that everybody acknowledge the often forgotten significance of the photographers (of whatever social stature-past or present). Whether it be, at a wedding, the Oscar's, the Paparazzis, these people help us dream, help us relate, deconstructs, gives us meaning-and for that we must be thankful.

Doris, Tina, and Amando. 

Interview # 3

I asked Charlie Co, what pushed him over the edge to paint this, and he replied that it was his desire to express the ongoing crises, the status quo. I also asked him whether his works are parts of grander theme, or each belonging to a different world. He said that all his works were part of a continuity. His paintings are truly original and manage to reflect what is hard to do, prima facie, expression.

Interview # 4

She is a psychiatrist, ohh and the wife of National Artist, sculptor-genius, Napoleon Abueva. She is Sergia "Cherry" Abueva. I thanked her tremendously. I sang my praises  for her husband to her, and remembered telling her, that Napoleon was a true Filipino artist. 

Interview # 5 

Me: Were you trying to show the differences or the similarities between Paris and Manila in your Common Oddities (video-piece) in the Brave New World exhibit?

She generously explained to me that her point was to show that even cities like Manila and Paris, in people's mind so far apart, can still harbor commonalities. 

Mr. and Mrs. Jeremiah Tallent

With Angelo and Chloe, art restorers from non other than the National Museum, ultra-major! I expressed my gratitude to their profession, and for choosing it, as in this Third World dystopia, fewer and fewer people are choosing to be like them, at a time when the world needs to preserve even more cultural works for understanding, cooperation, and peace. It's mind-boggling how through their work, monuments to civilization's achievements such as, the Mona Lisa, or the Forbidden City, can be saved from eternal banishment, call that life-saving!

"The Met Open 2014 encourages the participation of as many artists, art students, artist representatives, galleries, and the art community. It gathered a collection of two hundred works in different art forms; including paintings, sculptures, mixed media, ceramics, art installations and performance art. Proceeds of this benefit exhibition will support the museum's education and exhibition programs. The Met open 2014 is being launched in cooperation with Rolls Royce, Del Monte Philippines Inc., and other media partners."

As I was leaving, I chanced upon the artist, Paul Pfeiffer, and one of the five curators of the exhibit, Yael Buencamino, I didn't want to lose an opportunity to go Louella Parsons on them, so I did.

The Metropolitan Museum of Manila is located at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas complex, Roxas Blvd., Manila. Museum hours are from Monday-Saturday, 10 AM-5:30 PM. For more information, visit or call (02) 708-7828.