Winter Garden: Japanese Micropop at the Met Museum

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Keisuke Yamamoto-Untitled 2006

Keisuke Yamamoto-Untitled 2006

One of the things I like doing when travelling abroad is going to museums. I’d go out on my own to find a nearby museum and take some time to look at what’s inside.  I’m not well-versed in the arts, but I enjoy looking at artworks. Artworks gives one a glimpse of humanity as interpreted by the artist. There’s something about artworks that makes me feel not alone. I hope to make time to visit local museums this year, like the Metropolitan Museum of Manila. I remember the last time that I visited the Met was when the works of Claudio Bravo was on exhibit.

This February, the Metropolitan Museum of Manila opens “WINTER GARDEN: the Exploration of Micropop Imagination in Contemporary Japanese Art.” Art critic Midori Matsui, curator of WINTER GARDEN, explains that the exhibition is “a desolate garden in winter and a hothouse for rearing plants from the differing climate.”

WINTER GARDEN at the MET features paintings, interactive objects and multimedia installations of 14 contemporary Japanese artists who interact and propose their take on globalization. Some of the well-known Japanese artists featured in this exhibition are Tam Ochiai, Hiroshi Sugito, Aya Takano, and Keisuke Yamamoto. This exhibition was made possible through the partnership of the MET with the Japan Foundation.

The exhibition will open in February 19, 2014, and will run till April 16, 2014 at the MET’s Tall Galleries. Chief curator Mami Kataoka of the Mori Art Museum (Tokyo) will be in Manila to discuss current issues and trends in Japanese curatorial and art practice, to be held on March 8 (SAT) at the MET’s Tall Galleries. This will be followed by a 2-day intensive animation workshop on April 4 – 5, facilitated by the Alcazaren Brothers for local animation practitioners and students.

Visit the MET at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Manila to view the other permanent and changing exhibitions. Museum hours are from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm, Monday to Saturday; and closed on Sundays and holidays.

For more details about the exhibition, lecture and the animation workshops (schedule and admission fees), email or check our Facebook page. For inquiries please call Sabrina Alday at 708-7828.

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