Cover Margie Moran-Floirendo at the Gallery C (Photo: Cultural Centre of the Philippines)

Appreciation for the visual arts continues beyond the recent National Arts Month. We list down 7 art-related events you shouldn't miss this March

This month, we are jampacked with exciting exhibitions opening across the metro as pandemic restrictions begin to ease. There is Ross Capili's "Out of the Woods" exhibition of his never-before-seen works at the LRI Design Plaza. Kenneth Montegrande also mounted his 14th solo show coinciding with his birthday at Galerie Joaquin in BGC, Taguig.

Read more: The Art of Kenneth John Montegrande

In some parts of the country, regional galleries are also participating in the upcoming Art Fair Philippines. Moreover, the Philippine Educational Theatre Association (PETA) in partnership with Oxfam Pilipinas is streaming Babae ang Bukas, a play with music in celebration of International Women's Month. Tanghalang Pilipino is busy preparing for its restaging of Layeta Bucoy's Doc Resurreccion.

Meanwhile, here are some exhibitions that we highly recommend for you to visit this month.

Read also: Art Fair Philippines 2022 Goes Hybrid!

1. Cultural Centre of the Philippines

The Visual Arts and Museum Division of the Cultural Centre of the Philippines (CCP) opens to the public its exhibition of the works of its 2021 Thirteen Artists awardees. Featuring the works of Allan Balisi, Nice Buenaventura, Gino Bueza, Mars Bugaoan, Rocky Cajigan, Geloy Concepcion, Patrick Cruz, Ian Carlo Jaucian, KoloWn, Czar Kristoff, Lou Lim, Ryan Villamael, and Catherine Sarah Young, the exhibition will be held from March 10 until June 5 at the CCP Bulwagang Juan Luna (Main Gallery), Pasilyo Juan Luna (Main Gallery Hallway), and Pasilyo Guillermo Tolentino (Third Floor Hallway). Throughout the duration of the exhibit, guests are invited to join in the conversations with the artists in the scheduled public programs.

Read more: Who are the Winners of the CCP 13 Artists This 2021?

2. Gallery C

Renewing its partnership with the CCP, Conrad Manila's Gallery C is restoring its annual art event "Of Art and Wine". Featuring the works of the Association Pinoyprintmakers, Gallery C highlights Filipino artistry with a collection of fine prints using traditional printmaking techniques and sheds light on the development of the said art form in the Philippine contemporary scene. The exhibition runs until April 2 and is in partnership with the Philippine Wine Merchants.

Read more: A Retrospective Exhibition Features CCP's Iconic Posters Since 1969

3. Finale Art File

Patis Tesoro, a leading figure in the promotion and conservation of indigenous and traditional Filipino fashion and textile industry, is having an exhibition of over 130 pieces of fabric tapestries and artworks. From March 11 to April 2, catch the show Busisi, visually conceptualised by Gino Gonzales. Tesoro hopes to raise funds through the exhibition for the benefit of artisans who have financially suffered during the pandemic.

Read also: Tesoro, Dizon, and Aranaz and Their Lasting Impact on the Philippine Fashion Industry

4. Art Lounge Manila

Despite the pandemic greatly hitting the Philippine arts industry over the last two years, it also propelled many artists to create more meaningful and poignant works. The challenges they faced and the bravery they have shown have been documented in this massive book entitled, Brave New World, which will be launched with an art exhibition at Art Lounge Manila on March 16.

Featured artists in the Brave New World coffee table book include Max Balatbat, Anton Del Castillo, Brave Mabalo Singh, John Paul Antido, Renz Baluyot, Kim Hamilton Sulit, Renato Barja Jr., Wesley Valenzuela, Michael Villagante, Charlie Co, Antipas Delotavo, Angelito Antonio, Norma Belleza, Michael Cacnio, Ramon Orlina, Demi Padua, Winner Jumalon, Jojit Solano, Joel ‘Welbart’ Bartolome, Sid Natividad, Chelsea Theodossis, Jomike Tejido, Manix Abrera, Roel Obemio, and Alfredo Esquillo, to name a few. 

5. Fundacion Sanso

Avid collectors of the works of the Spanish master artist Juvenal Sansó, who has labelled the Philippines as his home, are bound for an exhibition series throughout 2022 of his never-before-seen artworks. Launched online last February 24, the "Prized and Personal" series includes pieces lent by the master's close friends in the art-collecting scene and gives us insight into the aspects of his artistic identity. The exhibition series, which will have a physical launch on March 12, is aimed to culminate in 2023 with the publication of a book of the same title.

Read also: Juvenal Sansó: Master of Visual Artistry

6. Baluartillo de San Francisco Javier, Fort Santiago

This Lenten season, Christian "artist on a mission" Kristine S Lim opens a dramatic art installation at Baluartillo de San Francisco Javier in Fort Santiago, Intramuros entitled, "Portraits of Christ". With the support of the Intramuros Administration, Art Lounge Manila, and the Department of Tourism, the exhibition taps on the controversial topic of how does the face of God really look like. With drapes of red velvet and gilded frames of broken mirrors, Lim invites the faithful and lost alike to "know the face of Christ" by searching, facing, and accepting the absolute truth. The exhibition runs until April 1 and is curated by Ian Belleza.

Read more: Kristine S Lim Detours to her Passion, the Arts

7. León Gallery

Rare Fernando Zóbel's masterpieces from the 1970s period are being exhibited at León Gallery until March 28. This exhibition pays tribute to Zóbel's assistant, custodian, authenticator and known critic and writer Rafael Pérez-Madero. The exhibition encapsulates the sophisticated grasp in colours and other themes of the Modernist master while he was living in Spain during the period.

The pieces were from the collections of Cecile Choi, Dondi Gomez, Candice Gotianuy, Rex Mendoza, Alejandro Padilla y Zóbel, Don and Dorothy Santos, and Robert Santos. It is curated by Adolfo Cayón with the essay written by Juan Manuel Bonet. 

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