Three New Permanent Galleries Highlight Southeast Asia's Global Identity in Singapore's Asian Civilisation Museum
Set at the heart of global maritime trade routes between West and East, Southeast Asia has long been a region where different peoples, ideas, and art influenced each other. Profound interconnections between its many cultures and traditions have existed throughout history. With the opening of three new permanent galleries – Christian Art, Islamic Art, Ancestors and Rituals – along with newly rotated objects in the Trade galleries and a new series of museum trails, Singapore’s Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) greatly increases the Southeast Asian art on display in its thematically arranged galleries.
In celebration of Children’s Month, Museo Pambata, together with Infinit-O Group Foundation, Childhope Philippines, and Sinopinas, is mounting a photography exhibit from November 11 through 24 at the Karapatan Hall at the museum grounds.
Continuing Spirit: Alfredo Esquillo, a 25-year retrospective, gathers 37 of Esquillo’s major works representing various artistic stages. Since completing his BFA degree at the University of Santo Tomas, Esquillo has focused on representing different aspects of reality, both from within and without. His practice is also guided by a strong devotion to folk religiosity in Quiapo. Apart from winning paintings from national and international competitions, the exhibit also features his creative experiments weaving two canvases into mat patterns, his appropriation and face cut-outs of archival photos using different media, and his tragicomedy series. Curated by Renato Habulan, this special exhibition highlights Esquillo’s every aesthetic milestone
Since his untimely death in 1984, the legacy of Spanish-Filipino modernist and abstract artist Fernando Zóbel de Ayala y Montojo, is kept alive in the institutions he helped found—Museo del Arte Abstracto Español in Cuenca, Spain and the Ateneo Art Gallery and the Ayala Museum in the Philippines.
The Museum, which is part of the De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde, is a free, not-for-profit institution that delivers programming and content that encourages engagement with art and culture, its practice and production, as well as its presentation and interpretation.
By fostering partnerships with a range of arts and cultural institutions, the past four years has seen MCAD’s programming advance rapidly. Very much aware of its contribution to local art making and its expanding role in the region, MCAD remains reflexive and responsive to changes in society, politics and the production of ideas.
VT Artsalon has been facilitating cultural exchanges between Taiwan and the globe for many years through exhibition, artist residency, forum and publication as a way to contemplate on Taiwan’s existence within the unique cultural and political context. In 2017, VT Artsalon proposed Project Island Hopping – Reversing Imperialism in the hope to provide a route to reflect upon and resist the imperial invasion that has begun since World War II and made use of the island chain.
In celebration of its 20th year, Abitare Internazionale partnered with Dutch design company, Moooi Carpets and Philippine National Artist Benedicto Cabrera for a formidable project. A push in Abitare Internazionale’s initiative of elevating design sensibilities and promoting Philippine art onto a wider platform. This project is a partnership between two art icons: BenCab and Moooi / Moooi Carpets. Riding the international resurgence of carpets as wall art or contemporary tapestry, this exhibition is a celebration of Philippine art and modern technology.
Text and photos by Ma. Franchesca F. Lesaca
Ms. Anat Heifetz is an industrial fashion designer by profession. She is seen an expert in showcasing her wearable creations in fashion shows. Although she might be a visual art newcomer, this lady surely knows how art and fashion go well together using her expertise in design as an edge.