Take a Sneak Peek into the Finest Japanese Design Exhibit at the MET Museum

by Mich Escultura

Japanese Design Today 100

For those of you who love the simplicity of Japanese design, it’s time to clear a date from July 1 to August 19, 2016, so you can check out Japanese Design Today 100 at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila (MET).

Headed by design critic and Musashino Art University Professor, Hiroshi Kashiwagi, Japanese Design Today 100 presents 100 of the finest examples of Japanese design from the 1950s to the 1990s with a spotlight on everyday products. The exhibit is divided into 10 categories: Classic Japanese Design, Furniture and Houseware, Tableware and Cookware, Apparel and Accessories, Children, Stationery, Hobbies, Healthcare, Disaster Relief, and Transportation.

Prof. Hiroshi Kashiwagi discussing the 5 characteristics of Japanese design with the help of a translator.
Prof. Hiroshi Kashiwagi discussing the 5 characteristics of Japanese design with the help of a translator | Photo by Mich Escultura

According to Prof. Hiroshi Kashiwagi, Japanese design has 5 main features; they are craftlike, minimalist, thoughtful, compact, and “kawaii”. While not all of these features are present in all designs, you can easily tell that each design focuses on at least one of these features.

Here are some prominent designs from the collection.

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Awe-Inspiring Public Artworks Hidden in Plain Sight in Metro Manila

by Mich Escultura

You might be surprised to know that Metro Manila is actually a pretty artsy place, with works of art hidden in plain sight. While you might see monuments and statues as landmarks that keep you from getting lost in the metro, it’s still a good idea to slow down and marvel at the many public artworks in Manila that you might not have paid attention to before.

No idea where to look? Here are our top 7 picks for Metro Manila public artworks that will take your mind off the typical hustle and bustle of the city.

The UP Oblation

metro manila public artworks #1: The Up Oblation
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The UP Oblation is undoubtedly the most famous piece of artwork you’ll find in the UP Diliman Campus. Created by national artist Guillermo Tolentino, the statue was created based on Jose Rizal’s poem Mi Ultimo Adios. The UP Oblation symbolizes our forefathers’ utter dedication to the nation, with its pose of complete surrender. Continue reading Awe-Inspiring Public Artworks Hidden in Plain Sight in Metro Manila

10 Stunning Works of Art from Solenn Heussaff’s “Our People” Exhibit

 by Mich Escultura
 

Many of you have probably heard of Solenn Heussaff the actress, but I bet only a couple of you know that she’s also an artist. And not just an artist in the sense that she shows up on TV and on the big screen, but she’s also a painter, leather crafter, furniture designer, and fashion designer too. Want to check out her works? She has just premiered “Our People” at the Pineapple Lab in Makati. It’s an exhibition inspired by Solenn and her family’s travels around the world. In the exhibition, you’ll see 25 intimate works that showcase the lives of her subjects, subjects she met during her travels to places like Myanmar, Africa, and Thailand. “Our People” will display more than just Solenn’s paintings. You can also check out previews of Solenn’s future projects and collaborations with companies like Our Tribe, Philux, and fashion designer Mia Arcenas. Yes, she has also conceptualized and designed leather works, furniture, and even clothes! Here’s a sneak preview of what you’ll be seeing if you step into Pineapple Lab for her first ever solo exhibition.

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Wander through These Culturally Eye-Opening Ayala Museum Exhibits

by Mich Escultura

When you go to Makati, especially if you work there, art is probably the last thing on your mind. But if you’re stressed out from the office or you’re not in the mood to go home just yet, take a quick stroll through the streets of Ayala and find your way to the Ayala Museum. Your mind and soul will thank you for that breath of creative air!

Here’s what you’ll encounter once you enter the ultra-chic and very modern doors of the Ayala Museum for its cultural exhibits.

Permanent Displays

1. Gold of Ancestors

gold artifacts
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We’re very fashionable people, wouldn’t you say? If you don’t think so, here’s historical proof. In this exhibit of cultural glamour and gold, you’ll find over a thousand gold artifacts from way before the Spaniards decided to grace our shores. From necklaces to earpieces to a magnificent Hindu-influenced gold regalia, your eyes will be dazzled by the superb craftsmanship of our ancestors.

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6 Works of Art at the National Museum You Have to See for Yourself

When was the last time you set foot inside the National Art Gallery of the National Museum of the Philippines? Probably way back when you were required to go there on a field trip or when you were bored in Manila and just needed something to do to pass the time. It’s a common assumption that museums, particularly art museums, are places where snooty artsy types congregate to discuss the tiny nuances of each painting and sculpture. Don’t buy into that because our own National Museum showcases works of art that even the squarest, most uncreative visitor can still marvel at.

Need proof? Just check out these 6 works of art that will dazzle your mind at take your breath away. And we’re not just talking about popular works like the ubiquitous Spoliarium that you’ve seen all over the media time and again. No, we’re here to talk about the other works that no form of other media can do justice. You simply have to see them with your own eyes.

Parisian Life by Juan Luna

Artworks in National Museum - Parisian Life by Juan Luna
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To all of you who have seen Heneral Luna, yes this painting was depicted in the flashback scene of the general’s life. An avid observer and painter of beautiful women, Luna chose to represent in this piece a Parisian courtesan about to rise from a couch. It’s a far cry from his more tumultuous paintings with darker colors, as this is one of the pieces that showcased his talent for painting scenes with a lighter mood.

Fun fact: Those three men in the background are Juan Luna himself, Jose Rizal and Continue reading 6 Works of Art at the National Museum You Have to See for Yourself