Today, August 25, marks the public start of the largest government-led initiative for visual arts to date – the Manila Art 2011. Barely fitting into the span of a three day event, the show fills its schedule with lectures, 300+ represented artists, hundreds of art on display, conceptualized galleries, and more – all within the confines of the NBC Tent in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. To whet our appetites, Bonafide Art Galleries Organization (BAGO) and the National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA) gave us a sneak peek at what to expect at the show for the next few days.
The event was held at one of ManilArt 11’s co-presenters – the Ronac Art Gallery & Secret Fresh – showcasing some of the Philippine’s top collectors and gallery owners that will be featured at the event in Taguig. A talk about the passion for collecting art and finding ways to finance it was given – including, of course, showing some interesting pieces in their collection. Finally, a quick session with AIR (Artists in Residence, Inc.) was held to give us an idea on what kind of lecture we should expect during the show. Of course, one of the most important things we learned was that you should acquire a piece not because of its price, artist or potential value, but for your own appreciation. While there’s definitely precedent for collecting pieces that will accumulate in value, it wouldn’t matter if you didn’t find value in them for yourself – and we definitely agree.
Overall, we enjoyed this quick peek at Manila Art 11, and we’re definitely excited to check it out in the next couple of days. The show will be at the NBC Text, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig starting today, August 25th through 27th, and is open from 11am to 8pm. Ticket prices are at PHP 200 a piece, so go out there and check it out. Maybe we’ll see you there!
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Location: NBC Tent, 8th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Hours: Aug 25-27, 11:00AM to 8:00PM
Ticket Price: PHP 200
Parking: Around Fort Bonifacio
For pictures of the teaser event at Ronac Art Gallery, check out the gallery below.