Call for Proposals

Open Call for Curatorial Proposals for the Philippine Pavilion at the 59th Venice Art Biennale

The year 2020 was challenging, gripped by the pandemic and imperiled by a range of social and ecological issues, isolating people from each other but also enabling them to forge solidarities and express sympathies in creative ways. In times of global distress, the world leaned on the promise of art in hopes of both exposing and coming to terms with humbling realities.

The OPEN CALL encourages proponents to develop concepts for te Philippine Pavilion that are sensitive and responsive to these current realities, revealing contradictions and yet offering space for deep introspection and decisions. The "contemporary" emerges from this context, shaping its material, its discourse, and its engagement with a broad community.

Virtually on View

Passages: Celebrating the Artistic Journeys of Betsy Westendorp

29 January to 15 March 2021
Over 100 artworks spanning more than sixty years of Betsy Westendorp's illustrious painting career form the retrospective collection curated by Dannie Alvarez, and featured in a catalogue written by art critic Cid Reyes.

Built Environment: An Alternative Guide to Japan

Built Environment: An Alternative Guide to Japan features photographs, text, and videos designed to mirror Japan’s unique archipelagic formation, and presents a total of 80 buildings, civil-engineering projects, and landscapes from each of Japan’s 47 prefectures, extending from the modern era of the late 19th century to the present

Arte Povera: Italian Landscape

Arte Povera: Italian Landscape captures one of the most pivotal points in the history of Italian contemporary art with the way it broke boundaries in traditional art making, its new engagement with audiences, and its experimental approach in making life and everyday objects integral to art.

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