The much-awaited arts festival is back!
Happening from February 21 to 23, 10am to 9pm at The Link in Makati City, Art Fair Philippines 2020 is set to present special exhibits, workshops, tours and more. Here are all the important details you need to know about it:
New at Art Fair PH
Now on its 8th year, Art Fair Philippines is introducing new sections like ArtFairPH/Open Studios which will complement ArtFairPH/Talks. These sections will present a series of workshops in the fields of arts and culture, including a two-day workshop on photography with Paco Guerrero; lighting techniques for photographers with Neal Oshima and Mark Nicdao; and a demo on watercolor painting techniques with Claude Tayag, just to name a few.
This year, they are also introducing ArtFairPH/Film section which is curated by Erwin Romulo, Philbert Dy and Teddy Co, which aims to celebrate the last 100 years of Philippine cinema and the possibilities in the coming years. Creative spaces outside the mainstream gallery format, ArtFairPH/Incubators will be featuring a virtual reality piece that will immerse the audience in a simulated and interactive environment.
Another thing to look forward to is the special cultural exchange project with the Embassy of Italy in Manila which will be bringing in a contemporary art gallery from Naples, Italy called Galleria Tiziana Di Caro.
This year, Art Fair Philippines welcomes 61 exhibitors, 70% of which will be from the Philippines and 30% from abroad.
Here are a few of the participating exhibitors from the Philippines: 1335 Mabini / GMJ, Altro Mondo Gallery, ARCHIVO 1984, Art Cube, Art Underground, Art Verité, Artery Art Space, art/n23, Association of Pinoyprintmakers, Avellana Art Gallery, bio | trans | forms, Boston Art Gallery, CANVAS, Denise Weldon | Tom Epperson Photographs, District Gallery, Eskinita Art Gallery, Galerie Roberto, Gallery of Fine Arts, Galerie Stephanie, to name a few.
From Singapore and Malaysia to Spain and Japan, the Philippines' leading galleries will be joined by foreign galleries — Art Porters Gallery, Cayón, Gajah Gallery, Hanada Gallery, Nunu Fine Art, Vin Gallery and so much more.
Just like last year and the previous years, Art Fair Philippines will feature new commissions in the form of interactive and thought-provoking installations by internationally established Filipino visual artists.
Some artists who will be featured are Onib Olmedo, Salvador Joel Alonday, Perry Argel, Jaime De Guzman, Roedil Joe Geraldo, Jellyfish Kisses, Gene Paul Martin, and Neil Pasilan. Also in this section is Carlo Villafuerte, the 2020 recipient of the Karen H. Montinola Selection, a private grant created in homage to art patron Karen Montinola.
We will also be seeing new works by Rodel Tapaya and New York-based curator Carina Evangelista will be presenting works of Sol Lewitt who is an iconic American artist known for his contributions to Conceptual Art and Minimalism.
10 Days of Art
Starting February 14, Art Fair Philippines will once again be launching 10 Days of Art which is the organizers' way of celebrating the best in Philippine contemporary art with a variety of partners around the city. There will be a unique outdoor cinema screening from February 14 to 16 at Tower One along Ayala Avenue, projections at The Link's facade from February 14 to 25, and many more exciting exhibits.
Just like the past three years, we will be treated to more exhibitions and special perks at different establishments across Makati in connection to the fair.
Art Fair Philippines 2020 tickets may be purchased in advance on their website and at the fourth-floor reception area of the actual fair. Ticket prices are as follows: P350/regular, P250/senior citizen and PWD, P150/students with valid IDs and P100/Makati students with valid IDs.