Here’s all you need to know about MGM 2019, from its history in the NCCA, to this year’s activities.
Perhaps you’re an art lover who’s been invited to go to a museum while it’s free of charge, or you’ve seen last year’s artwork banners around Intramuros. One way or another–-whether it’s around Manila or through social media feeds–-many of us are aware of Museums and Galleries Month (MGM).
If you’ve missed it in the past, the good news is that it comes around every October by the mandate of law. Proclamation No. 798, signed by then-President Corazon Aquino, recognizes the “need to arouse the national consciousness and pride in our rich culture and national identity, expressed in all media of art and culture, historical and religious artifacts.”
It was also through this bill that we have the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the government body with the specific role to implement arts and culture projects in the country.
This year, MGM’s theme is “Building the Nation, One Exhibit at a time,” recognizing the importance of art for the continual formation of our national consciousness. Museums are the frontliners for this endeavor, being our artistic, historical and cultural institutions. Here’s what to look forward to for October’s upcoming MGM:
ManilART, the national art fair, is known for being MGM’s flagship project. Now in its eleventh year, its focus is on showcasing the Global Filipino Artist: ManilART highlights a diverse repertoire of galleries, as well as lectures, activities, and workshops all in celebration of Philippine visual arts. It will be held at SMX Aura, Taguig City from October 9 to 13.
This upcoming MGM is special for artists and art enthusiasts based in Mindanao. The first-ever Mindanao Art Fair, carrying the subtitle “Traversing the River of Creativity,” aims to carry Mindanaoan artists and galleries towards the currents of the local and global communities. It is organized by non-government organization Lawig-Diwa Inc., sponsored by the NCCA, and will be held from October 4 to 6, at the GMall of Davao Atrium, Bajada.
For those on the other side of the galleries and registration booths–-the museum and gallery owners, curators and practitioners–-there is a specialized gathering. Plotting Points, the Philippine Museums Summit, aims to connect those in the museums and galleries industry through a variety of seminars and breakout sessions led by leading curators, directors and professionals in the field. This year’s run will be held from October 7 to 9 at the RCBC Plaza, Makati City.
There’s always something new every year for MGM: MindanaoArt came from timely talks of the ManilART Foundation Inc. (MAFI) team with Mindanaoan artists, led by renowned sculptor Kublai Millan. That is what is exciting about MGM; no year is the same, as activities continue to spring up from the convergence of like-minded artistic groups.
For more information about Museums and Galleries Month 2019, you may visit the NCCA website.
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