Here’s everything you need to know about ‘The Manila Bang’ show

Now on its second year, the exhibit features 20+ galleries

Expect nothing less with “The Manila’Bang: Contemporary Art, The Manila Way,” show. Partnering with more than 20 galleries from across the country, the contemporary art show returns in Festival Mall Alabang this Dec. 8 to 11, 2022 featuring worth both from prominent and emerging contemporary artists from the Philippines and the international art scene.

Artwork by Jaime Gubaton

Featured works continue the legacy of explicating ‘the animate proof of life’ from its debut, but this year, “The Manila’Bang Show’ envisions a bigger and better show. Centering the progressiveness and immense talent of Filipino artists, while also highlighting the ferocity of the art market with Manila at its center, the show’s artistic direction turns towards ‘Contemporary Art: The Manila Way.’

Some of the participating galleries are Secret Fresh, Arte Bettina, 1335/Mabini, and Art For Space, among others. The fair also features prominent contemporary artists, Orley Ypon, Otto Neri, Celeste Lecaroz, and Raul Isidro. Practitioners of different mediums in contemporary art from installations to art toys (presented by Art Toys PH) and the crypto-digital world of NFTs (digital artists Garapata, Jopet Arias, among others) are not to be missed in this four-day fair. The fair also introduces ‘New Wave,’ a pioneer exhibit armed with a promise of showcasing the best of the best of this generation. Pop art and pop culture in the Philippine modern arts will be shaped by these trailblazer artists and galleries that are not afraid to unveil their artistry and lead the movement.

The show expects to bring back to life over 2,500-sqm space to offer free admission to the public to experience many select pieces and curated exhibitions. The show is led by its artistic director Alain Zedrick Camiling, and organized by Contemporary ArtFairs ManilaPH.

A four-part dialogue series on collecting and art market, NFTs and the digital sphere, contemporary art management and handling, and photography are also part of the program— all geared towards expanding conversation on contemporary ways of thinking. Titled “Art Talks 2022: Interchange,” this will be graced by diverse professionals and practitioners across the arts, culture, and creative industries ecosystem.

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