12:30 pm: I’ve been invited to live blog at MetMuseum Manila today. To make this experience richer, I’ve intentionally avoided researching on anything about the artist and exhibit. I also feel it’d be a great writing exercise for me; I’ll be more candid (I think), and you’d be learning about Claudio Bravo the same time I am!
About to leave for the museum. Let’s hope the Wifi there works!
1:50pm: Semi-fail. No wifi while we’ll be going around the exhibit. Broadcast will be a delayed telecast, folks! But no worries for now. I’ll be writing as I go along still.
This is a permanent collection housed in the museum and is included when you buy a ticket. We were almost going to miss this because we were hungry and in a rush to catch the train back to Barcelona, but that would have been a big mistake! The jewelry was BEAUTIFUL and unlike anything I’ve ever seen before.
I was extremely lucky to have visited Barcelona, Spain this year with my family. It was my first time there, and it’s incredibly enjoyable — the men were hot, the women were hot, the food was scrumptious, and the whole city was like one big Intramuros. But before going there, I truly had only one thing in my agenda in Spain: forget FCBarcelona, forget Gaudi, forget Miro and Picasso, forget the paella; I was there to visit the Dali Theatre-Museum.
About three years ago, I peered into a mall gallery and saw a Michael Cacnio brass sculpture by the window. I remember thinking, “Wow, this guy’s work is amazing. I bet he’ll go far.” Little did I know that Cacnio has been an acclaimed artist for the past 20 years! Shame on me for not knowing any better.
To celebrate two decades as a Filipino artist, Cacnio teamed up with “Toy of the Century” LEGO for a one-of-a-kind exhibit entitled Inspire. I got to catch it on its last day in Greenbelt 5, and it was such a treat to see and examine how Cacnio integrated these plastic bricks into his metal masterpieces.
August was a busy month, and my few entries here is proof of that. Apart from work and other activities in the real world that filled up my time, August was my birthday month too! My family and I spent a weekend in the beautiful Puerto Princesa in Palawan. Everyone HAS TO visit that place!
Now’s an incredibly frustrating time here in the Philippines for art. A recent controversial exhibit at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) gained the ire and hostility of the Catholic Church — the largest religious domination in the country — so much so that it has reached the Senate today!
But before that, a very brief recollection of events. The CCP opened an exhibit entitled Kulo, and an artist by the name of Mideo Cruz had a multimedia piece there entitled Poleteismo (note that he is only one of 31 artists showcasing his work in the exhibit).
When I heard that this roving exhibit is in town, I knew I had to see it. Why? I LOVE JAPAN! It’s my absolute favorite country to visit. I love the culture, the kookiness, the innovation, and all the fun and crazy stuff from this amazing but disaster-prone nation. The Japan: Kingdom of Characters exhibition is sponsored by the Japan Foundation and showcases the special connection the Japanese have with characters from anime and manga.