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Rockestra 2018: MSO goes beyond Mozart

THE MANILA Symphony Orchestra (MSO) has given us some of the best classical music performances in the country, and from time to time, they do small-scale collaborations with other artists on fusion genres and add some musical variety to their plate.

Signature Art Prize gives voice to minorities

By Sam L. Marcelo, Associate Editor, High Life Verdant in color and languid in pace, Phan Thao Nguyen’s Tropical Siesta was named the Grand Prize...

Art talk

By Sam L. Marcelo, Associate Editor, High Life MEANDERING AND THOUGHTFUL, the jurors’ panel at the Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation Signature Art Prize covered a wide...

Why show art in a hotel?

AT ITS most basic, the task of a hotel is to give you a bed to stay in for a short period of time. The Conrad Manila elevates the experience of a hotel stay by displaying works by esteemed Filipino artists in its quarterly Art and Wine.

Banksy’s subversive art draws tourists and locals in Paris

PARIS — British graffiti artist Banksy, known for his politically charged sketches on walls from London to New York to Gaza City, has descended on Paris, painting a series of murals that are sparking debate among residents and tourists.

Louvre sets up Beyonce and Jay-Z art tour

PARIS — The Louvre has dedicated a new art tour to Beyonce and Jay-Z after pop’s biggest power couple shot the video for their latest hit in the Paris museum.

New on UNESCO’s Heritage List: a national park, hunting grounds, an...

MANAMA, BAHRAIN — Colombia’s massive Chiribiquete National Park has made UNESCO’s World Heritage List, the United Nations body announced Sunday at a meeting in the Bahraini capital Manama. It is one of several new places that have made the list over the weekend. UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee has been meeting in Manama since June 24.

Saving the Pasig River through an arts program

A NUMBER OF arts activities are scheduled in six cities of Metro Manila until December as an initiative to raise awareness of the need to rehabilitate the Pasig River.

Imagining a children’s museum

ENGAGING and fun — these are how CANVAS, or the Center for Art, New Ventures and Sustainable Development, conceptualizes how a children’s museum should feel like. And the group has put its idea to the test in its ongoing public exhibition, Tumba Tumba Children’s Museum of Philippine Art.

Abstract or figurative? Or maybe both

NO visual artist is ever one dimensional. They may start off working on still lifes, and end up pursuing abstract images, or the other way around. They may even start playing with sculptures and installations. But it is almost always certain that artists have one medium they are most comfortable to work with. But Renaissance Art Gallery’s ongoing exhibition called Ambidextrous recognizes and celebrates the duality, even multiplicity, of some visual artists’ skills in moving from one medium, technique, or style to another.

Sculptor Alberto Giacometti’s Paris studio opens to the public

PARIS — More than 50 years after his death, art lovers can see sculptor Alberto Giacometti’s Parisian studio exactly as he left it, right down to half-finished sketches and his ashtray.

Spain’s Unfinished business

SPAIN’s 2016 entry at the Venice Architecture Biennale has found a temporary home at the reconstructed San Ignacio Church in Intramuros, the Walled City of Manila.

What’s in a name?

AN ONGOING exhibition at the Ayala Museum called Historia showcases 54 artworks that span the history of the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) from 1851 when BPI was still called Banco Español Filipino de Isabel II to today’s modern art in keeping with today’s modern bank.

Ballet Manila brings Asian and American dancers together on one stage

EAST MEETS WEST and converge onstage as Ballet Manila presents American Stars Gala, a one-night only concert that features some of today’s brightest and...

At world’s biggest art fair, squeezed mid-market raises concerns

BASEL, SWITZERLAND — In a year when many major galleries made record sales, conversations at the world’s biggest art fair last week were not just about the eye-watering sums paid for top works, but also about how to ensure the viability of the market’s lower end.

Artist Christo floats tomb of barrels in London’s Hyde Park

LONDON — A 20-meter high sculpture of an ancient Egyptian tomb, made from 7,506 red, white, and mauve barrels, has taken temporary residence amid the aquatic wildlife on a lake in London’s Hyde Park.

Virgin Labfest presents a Marawi-inspired musical alongside an EJK play and...

BESIDES the usual stories of friendship and romance, the Virgin Labfest’s entries this year include stories on social issues like extrajudicial killings and the effects of the seige of Marawi.

Long Live Print: Tirada exhibit shows 50 years of printmaking

LIKE BOOKS, newspapers, and magazines that struggle to survive the digital and paperless world, print, as a form of art, is also confronted by the same dilemma — and more.

Artist Pfrommer goes on blurring the lines

LAST YEAR, German artist-photographer Sven Pfrommer showcased a two-part portrait series and photo installations of Manila’s construction workers in what he called their “contemporary fashion style” — wearing a T-shirt turned into a face mask, which protects them from heat and dust while working. Mr. Pfrommer is back, but this time, his subjects are random and blurry.

With Art Beat 3, is Tagaytay the next Malasimbo?

Local bands and artists are flocking to the south.

The Bootleg Project tackles the thriving black market

IMITATION MAY be the sincerest form of flattery, but in a world where brands, artists, and services strive to be original and different, fakery — or bootlegging — can really get annoying.

Can we escape colonialism and neoliberalism?

PAST AND PRESENT converge and converse at the Philippine pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale in Italy, which is...

Up for auction: pieces of history

ONE MAN’S JUNK is indeed another’s treasure. Such could be the case for the future owner of one of the highlighted items on sale...

France weighs how to return Africa’s plundered art

PARIS — Half-man, half-beast, the tall African statues dominate a busy gallery in Paris’s Quai Branly museum. But few of the visitors are aware...

Watches, furniture, art available at gavel&block’s back-to-back auctions

TIME AND HISTORY go under the gavel at Salcedo Auction gavel&block’s back-to-back auctions on June 2. Starting at 2 p.m. is “12,” an all-Rolex and...

Kaleidoscope: Araceli Limcaco Dans — Her life, art, lifestyle

By Joan Orendain Examining Araceli Limcaco Dans’s many-faceted life, art, and lifestyle can only be compared to the multitude of surprises beheld when peering through...

Keeping heritage churches in focus

WHAT DOES it mean to take photographs of our churches and then exhibit them? Beyond nostalgia, the ongoing exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of...

Traffic is the problem says CCP’s new chairperson Margie Moran

TRAFFIC, and not the misconception that art is elitist, is the reason why many find the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) to be,...

Entrance is free: It’s Int’l Museum Day

EVERY YEAR since 1977, the International Council of Museums (ICOM) has held International Museum Day on May 18 to highlight the role of museums...

Toym’s Labyrinth

By Menchu Aquino Sarmiento Art Review Super Robot — Suffer Reboot May 11 to July 11 Bulwagan ng Dangal-Main Library, UP Diliman, Quezon City FOR 10-year-old Toym Imao, then...

Fluidity and mastery of colors

By Nickky F. P. de Guzman, Reporter THE WORKS of Filipino artist Edgar Doctor heal. In his ongoing exhibition at the Conrad Hotel’s Gallery C...

Modigliani sells for $157.2M in New York — Sotheby’s

NEW YORK — A stunning nude that is the largest painting produced by Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani sold for $157.2 million in New York...

Under the hammer: record art auctions

NEW YORK — A stunning nude that is the largest painting produced by Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani sold for $157.2 million in New York...

Ready for another spin?

DO YOU often feel that Philippine politics is simply taking you for a ride? A series of paintings by a political cartoonist is set...

Lost and found: an exhibit

THERE IS a Sarah Geronimo in all of us. For those outside of the pop culture loop, know that the singer broke down in the...

Tiaras but few tantrums at NY’s Heavenly Bodies

New York — Think embroidered papal mantles inspiring a John Galliano masterpiece for Dior, Joan of Arc armor refashioned as sexualized corsetry by Jean...

The anti-romcom musical returns to the stage

By Nickky Faustine P. de Guzman Reporter Theater Changing Partners: The Stage Musical Presented by PETA Theater and REDMUNKEY May 11, 12, 13, 19, and 20 PETA Theater Center, No. 5...

Pandas and Art: 5 artists merge art and nature

PANDAS ARE CUTE, and so is any artwork that includes these chubby, clingy animals as the subjects. For this reason, the World Wide Fund...

P2.5M for letter opener

A 20th century Fabergé brass letter opener, a 19th century oil painting of the Annunciation, vases by French artist Émile Gallé, and a Hispano-Filipino...

New York auction houses get set for an ‘extraordinary season’

NEW YORK — Six months after selling a Leonardo da Vinci for half a billion dollars, New York art auction season is back, gearing...

Olazo abstract fetches P1.9 million at benefit auction

ANTIQUE FURNITURE, 18th century maps of Asia and the Philippines, wooden bu’lul (harvest god) figures, and paintings by renowned Filipino artists were among the...

Olazo abstract fetches P1.9 million at benefit auction

Antique furniture, 18th-century maps of Asia and the Philippines, wooden figures of bu’lul (god of harvest), and renowned paintings by Filipino artists were among...

Viva Europa showcases Europe’s culture, music, sports, and arts

ARTS AND culture know no boundaries: political, social, or otherwise. In the efforts to link our shared literature and culture, and also our highlight...

What’s good, Poblacion?

LATELY, Poblacion in Makati City has become one of the hippest and coolest places to see and be seen in. Declared as a heritage...

French museum’s collection mostly fake, but is it the only one?

ELNE, France — Over decades, the small museum of Elne in southern France built up a collection of works by local painter Etienne Terrus,...