Art Galleries to Visit in Your Next Free Time with the Fam

By: Hanna Rubio

You have been encapsulated in the four corners of your condo in Sucat for almost 2 years. You probably forgot to keep track of how many times you visited your gallery to check for some pictures you took in different places that you have been before the pandemic started. As everyone gets a taste of normalcy, now is the right time to re-experience the outside world. Go on a road trip with family or friends. The amusement park is also a great place to unleash your adventurous self. And for those who want an adventure that is a feast for the eyes? Art museum and Art gallery dates are for you.

As the clock ticks and seasons change, even arts are beginning to transition from traditional to digital. NFTs or Non-Fungible Tokens are digital assets illustrated in the form of digital artwork. It serves as a way to showcase Filipino artists’ artwork in the digital world whilst preserving it. NFT art can be in the form of digital images, paintings, music, video, and 3D art.

There is no denying that this new innovative form of art brings accessibility and convenience to everyone since they no longer have to go outside of their condo in Sucat to go to art museums and get a glimpse of Philippine art. However, nothing still beats the nostalgic feeling that exhibits, galleries, and art museums bring. Seeing artwork in person tells a different kind of story. The strokes, colors, and textures of the art can somehow make you ponder about the artist’s inspiration, his challenges in making the art, and the meaning behind it.

Get out of your condo in Sucatset a date with your family, and spice up your day by starting your little art adventure.

Here’s a List of Art Galleries and Art Museums That You Can Visit:

Finale Art File

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This premier art gallery is situated in the neighborhood of Makati City, Warehouse 17, La Fuerza Compound (Gate 1), 2241 Pasong Tamo.

They have a diverse collection of artworks made by renowned artists and newly entered artists who are yet to make their name in the industry. The gallery is divided into three rooms: Tall Gallery, Upstairs Gallery, and Video Room. The tall gallery is where the huge paintings, sculptures, and installations nestle. If you are still up for something, the final art file has a library that displays diverse artworks curated in a portfolio.

This 450 sq.m. is open for the public every Monday to Saturday from 10 AM-7 PM. They also hold exhibits. The entrance is free so make sure to pay a visit!

Ateneo Art Gallery

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Ateneo Art Gallery is one of the galleries that you can find in Metro Manila. It is considered as country’s premier gallery of modern art. It holds artworks made by Filipino artists in the post-war era, showcasing diversified arts and design from abstract expressionism and neo-realism up to the modern forms of artworks.

It is specifically located in Soledad V Pangilinan Arts Wing, Areté, Ateneo de Manila University, Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights, Quezon City, Manila. They are open from Monday to Saturday from 9 AM-5 PM.

If you are an outsider and you want to get a glimpse of what Ateneo Art Gallery looks like, you are allowed to enter however you need to pay an entrance fee of Php 50. For those who are part of the Ateneo community, it’s free.

Vinyl on Vinyl Gallery

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Since its establishment in 2009, it has continued to showcase the talents possessed by artists from before up to today’s time. Vinyl on Vinyl Gallery wants to introduce a different art form that strays away from conventional art.

Vinyl on Vinyl form of artwork is a combination of post-internet, after-modernism, pop surrealism, kinetic art, underground, and street art whilst continuing to explore another form of art that is yet to be discovered.

To visit the gallery, you will need to book an appointment with them. You can find them at La Fuerza 1, Chino Roces Avenue Makati Philippines. They are open from 12 PM-7 PM every Tuesday to Saturday.

If you want to feed your eyes with unique artwork, this gallery is worth a visit.

Pinto Art Museum

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Pinto Art Museum was founded in 2010 by Dr. Joven Cuanang. It is a gallery that opens its door to visitors who want to witness a diversified compilation of artworks made by various contemporary artists. Such arts are social realism, surrealism, minimalism, expressionism, and conceptual arts without failing to forget the incorporation of national and cultural identity.

Pinto Art Museum is situated at 1 Sierra Madre St. Grand Heights Rd, Antipolo, Rizal. Walk-in visitors need to pay PHP 250 and 125 for students with valid proof of enrolment. They are open every Tuesday to Sunday from 10 AM-6 PM.

This gallery is worthy of the visit for its aesthetic pleasing. There are also exhibits that you can visit that showcase various art forms from contemporary Filipino artists.

Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD)

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Yet another gallery that can be found in Metro Manila!

The Museum of Contemporary Art and Design is devoted to continuously showing contemporary art exhibitions, learning programs, and artworks and is in the exploration of unconventional and innovative avant-garde forms of art. Through this gallery, MCAD wants art enthusiasts to have more connection and engagement with culture and art.

Group reservations have a limit of 5 people. Visitors are required to book a day before their visit and will be given a maximum of an hour to tour and explore the gallery.

You can start finding your way through it which is situated on Ground Floor, Benilde School of Design and Arts Campus, Dominga, Malate, Maynila, 1004 Kalakhang Maynila. Open from Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10 AM-6 PM and every Sunday, 10 AM- 2 PM.

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