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Take a Line for a Walk | Cabrera, Borlongan, et al

UP Vargas Museum, in collaboration with CANVAS, opens Take a Line For a Walk, a group exhibition curated by Elmer Borlongan on 20 June at 6 in the evening. It showcases a collection of drawings from different contemporary artists. Take a Line for a Walk is derived from the modernist painter Paul Klee’s quote “Drawing is taking a […]

Ligalig: Art in a Time of Turmoil

Ligalig, a Filipino word for “threat,” encompasses the themes that continue to be relevant to this day — threat to life and freedom brought about by abuse of power, poverty, economic and social inequalities, and environmental degradation.  The range of artworks in this exhibition is quite varied — from paintings, prints, and drawings to mixed media […]

Tie A String Around the World | Philippine Pavilion for the 56th Venice Biennale

The UP Vargas Museum opens Tie A String Around the World on 9 December at 6 in the evening. This homecoming re-stages the Philippines’ official exhibition at the Venice Art Biennale in 2015, fifty-one years after its first national participation in 1964. It will present the works of Manuel Conde, Carlos “Botong” Francisco, Manny Montelibano, […]

Sipa | Jose Tence Ruiz

  Sipa is a Filipino word fascinating in its embodiment of dualities. A vernacular contronym, it simultaneously denotes binary forces, moving back and forth: the action of kicking out or up and the reverse reaction of recoil. It can connote the jolt of ballistics and intoxication; the suddenness of dismissal or eviction. Sipa distills the […]

Drawing the Line | Coching, Dalena, Ruiz, et al

ILLUSTRATING THE STORY OF A NATION From striking depictions of personalities, to provocative illustrations of factions and even institutions, editorial or political cartoons have survived as an enduring art form that meshes representation, opinion and style of the artist. “Drawing the Lines” reads beyond the occupied space of the political cartoon in tabloids, newspapers and […]