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Contempo Art Must-See

March 27, 2017

Hong Kong, Shanghai and Tokyo may dominate the Asian art scene, but plucky gallery Silverlens is ensuring the Philippines jostles with the big boys for cultural attention. One of the most important pioneers of Manila’s art scene has just unveiled its (way) bigger, better and brighter new location, a few doors down from its original Makati venue. Lovers of art and architecture will be wowed by this seductive former warehouse.

Gallery directors Isa Lorenzo and Rachel Rillo commissioned architect Anna Sy of CS Design to deliver the clean-lined, minimal space. With swathes of polished concrete and white walls now across one epic main gallery, plus additional zones including a small gallery, private viewing room, library, three studios, office and a workshop, it’s contemporary, sleek and simple. Massive LED panels create the illusion of sun streaming in, maximising light.

Founded in 2004, Silverlens adopted a cutting-edge warehouse space when most galleries were stuck in malls or offices. One of Southeast Asia’s top galleries, its artists have won international recognition and prizes, appearing at both the Singapore Biennale and Art Basel Hong Kong. Local talents in the frame include Martha Atienza, Gregory Halili, Patricia Perez Eustaquio, Maria Taniguchi, and Ryan Villamael. Current exhibitions include Pio Abad’s political Counternarratives, exploring the Marcos dictatorship’s legacy, and Nature Into Art featuring ceramic objects by Shozo Michikawa (both 28 Mar-27 Apr, 2017). Not to be missed…

Silverlens / Lapanday Center / 2263 Don Chino Roces Ave / Makati / +63 2 816 0044 / 10am-7pm Tue-Fri, 10am-6pm Sat /