10 Must-See Contemporary Art Galleries in Metro Manila

Views of Rodel Tapaya’s work exhibited on the second floor of the Artinformal gallery | PHOTO: Tatler Homes Philippines
By Franz Sorilla IV

By Franz Sorilla IV

June 24, 2021

The country’s art scene has changed dramatically over the past year, offering art lovers the opportunity to enjoy art online or by appointment.

Although the ongoing pandemic has hampered the continued growth of the local art scene, it is still commendable to note the number of art galleries, auction houses and museums that have opened their doors during the past year. last decade. The continued presence of emerging Filipino contemporary artists and each of their recognitions overseas has attracted more international galleries to exhibit here in the Philippines, as well as to represent Filipino artists from around the world.

We put together 10 art galleries for you to take a look. Several have been considered institutions in the Filipino art scene for some time, while others are relatively new to the game, but worth a visit nonetheless.

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Photo: Anthropology lighting solutions
Photo: Anthropology lighting solutions

One of the most respected names in the country’s art scene, Silverlens Galleries was founded by Isa Lorenzo and Rachel Rillo in 2004 and since then has represented esteemed Filipino contemporary artists across Asia and beyond. Its third and most recent gallery space designed by Anna Sy of SC Architecture opened in 2017 and has become an iconic venue for successful Silverlens exhibitions.

Art lovers can continue to view the Silverlens Galleries exhibits through the Viewing Room on its website and by appointment tours.

silverlensgalleries.com, 2263 avenue Chino Roces, city of Makati

PHOTO: Modeka creative space
PHOTO: Modeka creative space

Modeka Art looks at various types of visual art forms, from paintings and sculptures to digital art, and features both emerging and established Filipino artists. It has an online art gallery platform where artphiles can explore the artists and the stories of their works more deeply through unique multimedia content and virtual experiences. Modeka also offers art previews, artist talks and open studios for a more unique artistic experience.

modeka.space, Warehouse 20A La Fuerza 1, 2241 Don Chino Roces Avenue, Makati City

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Views of Rodel Tapaya's work exhibited on the second floor of the Artinformal gallery |  PHxOTO: Tatler Homes Philippines
Views of Rodel Tapaya’s work exhibited on the second floor of the Artinformal gallery | PHxOTO: Tatler Homes Philippines

Created in 2004 by Tina Fernandez, Artinformal is also one of the institutions of the Filipino art scene. It started out as a community of emerging contemporary artists before later becoming a gallery space, promoting a wide range of art forms, from visual arts to performing arts. Now it has two exhibition spaces across the subway, including its inaugural gallery in Greenhills, San Juan. From today you need to pre-book your visit to Artinform, but it continues to be one of the warmest and friendliest exhibition spaces in the metro.

artinformel.com, 277 Connecticut St. Greenhills, San Juan; C1 The Alley Karrivin Plaza, 2316 Don Chino Roces Ave., Makati;

Photo: Provenance Art Gallery Facebook page
Photo: Provenance Art Gallery Facebook page
Photo: Provenance Art Gallery Facebook page
Photo: Provenance Art Gallery Facebook page

When Provenance Gallery opened in Shangri-La at the Fort in 2016, it was labeled by renowned company columnist Maurice Arcache as “proof of the country’s vibrant art scene”. Indeed, it is not every day that we see art galleries popping up on every street corner, nor a gallery as sophisticated and avant-garde as Provenance. Founded by entrepreneur couple Joanna and Raul Francisco, this gallery has already exhibited some of the most sought-after Filipino artists like Andres Barrioquinto and Betsy Westendorp, as well as many emerging artists. The Provenance Art Gallery is now maximizing its social media channels to showcase its exhibited works. It is also open by appointment for private viewings.

facebook.com/provenanceartgallery, 2nd floor, Shangri-La At The Fort, 30e Rue corner 5e Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

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Photo: Final art file
Photo: Final art file

Finale Art File is one of the country’s leading art galleries. It first opened in 1983 and has since become the home of big names in the contemporary Filipino art scene. Both a commercial establishment and an artistic venue, Finale Art File occasionally presents experimental works in an attempt to challenge the expectations of the artistic community. With its expansive gallery space divided into three multifunctional galleries, Finale Art File organizes large-scale exhibitions that could be easily mistaken for lofty ambitions, but which exude just the right amount of creativity for a visitor to fully appreciate art. Filipino.

finalartfile.com, La Fuerza Complex, 2241 Don Chino Roces Avenue, Makati City

Photo: The salon gallery
Photo: The salon gallery

Makati’s arts and dining district, known as Karrivin Plaza, is home to three equally important art galleries: 1355 Mabini (which takes its name from the popular Malate Street that was once the epicenter of the scene. art of the country), a branch of Artinformal, and the new gallery space of Cesar Villalon Jr.’s original idea, The Drawing Room.

Founded in 1998, The Drawing Room has triumphantly represented Filipino and Asian artists at local and international fairs for decades. When it opened, it only presented works on paper, as part of its brand philosophy. He later became more tolerant of other works, as more contemporary artists expressed their uniqueness through different mediums. Villalon in a interview said he chooses artists who represent the places they come from in their works and fearlessly comments on the current state of affairs.

salledessingallery.com, GF Bldg C, Karrivin Plaza, 2316 Don Chino Roces Avenue Ext., Brgy. Magallanes, Makati City

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PHOTO: Altro Mondo creative space (avenue Chino Roces)
PHOTO: Altro Mondo creative space (avenue Chino Roces)

His name can be literally translated as “another world”, and certainly, Altro Mondo has been communicating this idea well for over a decade as he is known to represent the progressive artists of the contemporary art scene. Participating in local and international art events, Altro Mondo always showcases various types of art and hosts other art related activities like conferences and artist residencies with the aim of advancing the Filipino art scene. You can consult his exhibitions online via the virtual space of the gallery via Kunstmatrix. Also book your appointments if you prefer to visit physically and have a private tour.

altromondo.com.ph, Creative space Altro Mondo – 1159, avenue Don Chino Roces, Brgy. San Antonio, city of Makati; Altro Mondo au Picasso – 3 / F, Art Gallery The Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences, 119, LP Leviste Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City; Altro Mondo Arte Contemporanea – Greenbelt 3 / F, 5 Legaspi Street Legaspi Village, Makati Town

Photo: Avellana Art Gallery
Photo: Avellana Art Gallery

The Avellana Art Gallery was founded in 1997 by Albert Avellana and houses the founder’s personal collections of antiques and works of art from the modern and contemporary periods. This charming post-war house has been transformed into a gallery and takes you back in time with its inspirations of bucolic and colonial design. Pass through the grounds where you’ll also find the Henry Boutique Hotel, and see occasional exhibits usually featuring post-modern masters.

facebook.com/avellanagallery, 2680 FB Harrison Street, Pasay City

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"Vessel" of Roberto M. A, Robles (2019), Marble, 13 x 33.49 x 12.81 inches |  PHOTO: Duemila Gallery
“The Vessel” by Roberto M. A, Robles (2019), Marble, 13 x 33.49 x 12.81 inches | PHOTO: Duemila Gallery

Founded in 1975, the Silvana Ancellotti-Diaz Gallery is perhaps the oldest working shopping mall in the country. For decades, it has showcased both masters and emerging artists of the contemporary art scene. He is also known for his conceptual installations in his gallery space in Pasay and other areas around the metro. Besides works of visual art, Galleria Duemila has also been a hub for music jams and the performing arts.

galleriaduemila.com, 210, rue Loring, town of Pasay

Photo: MCAD Manila
Photo: MCAD Manila

Unlike those listed above, here is a non-profit, collectible art institution dedicated to contemporary arts and design. MCAD Manila, led by its director and curator Joselina Cruz, is known for advancing arts education and technology, as evidenced by its impressive portfolio of curatorial projects. Check out her Youtube channel and find engaging and comprehensive art talks and panel discussions, as well as virtual tours of her exhibitions. As part of the security protocols, book your private tour of the gallery space in advance.

mcadmanila.org.ph, G / F De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde, School of Design and Arts Campus, Domingo Street, Malate, Manila

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