ManilArt celebrates its 8th year of promoting the best of Philippine creative artistry on October 6 to 9, 2016 at SMX Convention Center, SM Aura, Taguig.

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ManilArt, the country’s longest-running art fair, celebrates its 8th year of promoting the best of Philippine creative artistry from the various regions of the country on October 6 to 9, 2016 at SMX Convention Center-Taguig, SMX Aura Premier, Taguig City. ManilArt 2016, with continuing support from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), kicks off this year’s event with the theme “Ushering in a New Golden Age of Filipino Art.”

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Gathering support from some of the finest local and international galleries, ManilArt elevates the standards of our dynamic art scene through various exhibitions featuring conceptualized artists’ collections while it connects artists and galleries with art communities and institutions here and abroad.

The presence of Filipino art abroad is now more marked than ever. The heightened notice given to both contemporary pieces and works by the masters in art events outside of the country simply echoes what has always been the strength of ManilArt. Ranging from presentations of the up and coming to the works of established trailblazers and respected icons, the all-embracing nature of ManilArt is evident with its consistently broad showcase of Philippine talent, which includes ethnic and regional creative expressions.

Participating galleries in this year’s art fair are 1335 Mabini, 371 Art Space, Art For Space, Art Galileia, Arte Pintura, Artes Orientes, Artologist, Galeria Lienzo, Galerie Anna, Galerie Artes, Galerie Francesca, Galerie Raphael, Galerie Y, Galleria Nicolas, Galleria Quattrocento, Gallery Circa, Gallery CMG, Gallery Nine, Legacy Art Gallery, Reflections Gallery, Renaissance Gallery, Secret Fresh, Vmeme, and Ysobel Gallery. Among the international exhibitors are 1st.iKON, which shall showcase artworks by various Korean abstractionists; the Embassy of Armenia, which shall showcase works of their artists; and Bruno Gallery of the Bruno Art Group (with offices and galleries in Singapore, Israel, Turks, Caicos Islands and the U.S.), which will present works by Argentinian artists Adriana Naveh and Calman Shemi, Azerbaijani artist Slava Ilyayev, and Israeli artists Uri Dushy and David Gerstein.

ManilArt continues to build more awareness of and appreciation for Philippine art not only with exhibitions but also through art caravans, lectures, workshops, demonstrations, guided tours, and other activities.

Art conservator and UP-College of Fine Arts faculty member, Lyn Yusi-Olazo, will head this year’s Walking Tour—a ManilArt tradition.

The corresponding enthusiasm that meets ManilArt’s yearly presentations has not only been constant; it has grown such that the delightfully varied audiences, which include young students, seasoned collectors, critics, educators, captains of industry, and quad-media practitioners, are continually joined by budding aesthetes and art investors. 

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A Special Press Preview and Reception will be held on October 6, 2016. Digong’s Café by Via Mare shall be serving the “SONA Menu.” The by-invitation-only event will be hosted by ManilArt 2016’s Public and Media Relations Consultant, Ms. Daphne Oseña-Paez.

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Returning to ManilArt as lounge designer is sculptor Danny Rayos del Sol with his “Retablo dela Divina Miserecordia,” a depiction of the Filipinos’ religious journey through art using ostrich eggs as medium. Rayos del Sol last created the look for the ManilArt lounge in 2013. This year, he is also the art fair’s overall curator.

With the synergistic rise of both talent and viewership, the Philippine art industry is truly in its new golden age and ManilArt is proud to have been instrumental in this resurgence.

Check out the ManilArt Final Programme.

This year’s ManilArt is brought to audiences by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), Lifestyle Asia, Bonafide Art Galleries Organization (BAGO), I Love Taguig, SM Aura Premier, SMX Aura Convention Center-Taguig, Via Mare, GSM Premium Gin, Don Papa Rhum, HyperDigital, Inc., Zonta Club of Fort Bonifacio, Tokwing Construction, and Ladder Events, with media support from the Philippine Daily Inquirer and Rappler.

For more details, call or text 0917.810.8016 and 0919.991.8765 or email mtbrds@yahoo.com. Visit www.manilart.org and like ManilArt on Facebook.