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THE PHILIPPINE CONTEMPORARY: TO SCALE THE PAST AND THE POSSIBLE



A landmark permanent exhibition of the Metropolitan Museum of Manila, The Philippine Contemporary: To Scale the Past and the Possible launches the museum's new strategic direction to integrate a heightened focus on modern and contemporary art by Philippine and foreign artists.

Curated by well-known art critic and scholar, Dr. Patrick Flores, the exhibit encompasses a wide range of forms, from painting, installations, visual culture and popular media such as comics, photography, film, and video.

THE PHILIPPINE CONTEMPORARY: TO SCALE THE PAST AND THE POSSIBLE
The past is history, culture, and tradition. The possible is the future, expectation, and hope. The past and the possible both partake of circumstance and context, and therefore of chance.

Launched in February 2013, The Philippine Contemporary: to scale the past and the possible is a landmark permanent exhibition that features the museum's new strategic direction of integrating a heightened focus on modern and contemporary art by Philippine and foreign artists. This exhibition charts the development of modern art and the vitality of contemporary art in the Philippines.


The major sections of the exhibition - Horizon, Trajectory and Latitude - index the variety and chronology of styles, movements, institutions, and collectives that marked the significant shifting tides in Philippine art history from the early 20th century to the present. While with the two last sections - Sphere and Direction - this exhibition keeps the dynamic and diverse pulse of artistic expression alive.

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