Cue From Life Itself:

Filipino Artists Transform the Everyday


Galeriya Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, White Cube Gallery and METLab

7 February to 7 May 2020

Cue From Life Itself reflects on the instinctive way Filipino artists make do and dream up, transforming everyday forms with intuition and insight, and in their critical awareness of the material conditions of their milieu and ecology. Curated by art historian and scholar Patrick D. Flores, the title is lifted from a monograph by artist, educator, and cultural advocate Brenda Fajardo, who frames the concept of ‘aesthetics of poverty’ through the artist’s responsiveness to an encompassing but transformable world.

Featured artists:
Poklong Anading, Kris Ardeña, Yason Banal, Santiago Bose, Brenda Fajardo, Alma Quinto, Jose Tence Ruiz, Lirio Salvador, and Mark Salvatus.

Arte Povera: Italian Landscape

Tall Galleries

10 February to 30 April 2020

Arte Povera: Italian Landscape captures one of the most pivotal points in the history of Italian contemporary art in the 60s through the 70s. The Arte Povera movement broke boundaries in traditional art making through new engagement with audiences and an experimental approach in making life and everyday objects integral to art. The exhibit features ten Italian artists who gave birth to the Arte Povera movement: Jannis Kounellis, Marisa Merz, Mario Merz, Giovanni Anselmo, Luciano Fabro, Giuseppe Penone, Alighiero Boetti, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Gilberto Zorio, Pier Paolo Calzolari, and two younger artists from a new generation, Francesco Arena, and Gianni Caravaggio.


Exhibition by Artist-in-Residence Anthony Chin

Open Gallery

27 February to 28 April 2020

Trophy narrates the story of a local basketball player receiving salt onto his open wound. As salt slowly dusts his bleeding arm, the viewer is arrested in a soundscape of noise from a local school. An American trophy weighs down a pile of shirts worn during basketball games with the player’s community in Bagong Silang Phase 7C. The work reacts to the history of basketball in the Philippines where sports was used as an imperialist pedagogical tool.

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Anthony Chin (b. 1969) lives and works between Singapore and Thailand. He previously worked in the field of industrial design, before travelling the region extensively to focus on visual arts. His field work and excursions eventually led him into creating immersive site-specific works that poetically and conceptually respond to the architectural presence and history of sites. His production process is a result of both extensive historical research, and the utilization of common materials to invoke particular places with attention to their geopolitical implications. Chin graduated from the Royal College of Art in the United Kingdom, and has participated and exhibited in various local and overseas art shows, including his first solo art show in Beijing’s 798 art district (MoShang Experimental Space), Residency and show at Taipei International Artsits Village and three editions of Singapore’s OH! OpenHouse.

Launched in 2020, the MET-NAC Artist Residence Program provides a platform for artists to engage in an open process of research and knowledge exchange, situated mainly in Manila, Philippines. The residency, organized by the Metropolitan Museum of Manila with the support of the National Arts Council in Singapore, assists the artists in advancing and developing critical perspectives on their practice by connecting with local communities and building meaningful relationships to address key issues at stake in the local context of the Philippines and beyond. The open studio and exhibition space of the MET will present the artist’s research findings, experiences, and insights.