On April 26, The Metropolitan Museum of Manila will be opening their newest exhibition in partnership with the French Embassy. Curated by artist painter Manuel Ocampo, MET brings you “BRAVE NEW WORLDS: Utopia in Dystopia“.
Ocampo, known for capturing pop sub-cultures on his canvasses, says that “in this millennium, we are faced with cataclysmic decline of the environment and societies, and artists have dealt or anticipated this world on the verge of collapse”. Witness Filipino humor mirror its foreign and dystopian counterparts.
“BRAVE NEW WORLDS: My Utopia, Your Dystopia” is an exhibition that shows a convergence of Filipino and foreign visual artists with heavy themes on black humor and dystopic elements present in the heavily urbanized culture of today.
Included in this exhibition are French artists such as Damien Deroubaix, a writer and painter known for his violent images usually containing grotesque monster figures and graphics, Hervé de Rosa, who’s known for his works on vibrant and unique characters reflect his love for a low-brow, or “kitsch” art style, Myriam Mechita, a teacher and artist who makes use of common objects like pearls, embroidery, and sequins to assemble contradictory images, and Fabrice Hyber, who accumulates his philosophical ideas on ecology and society and propagates it in his drawings, paintings, and even installations.
The exhibition is open to the public on April 26 and will run until June 12, 2014 at the MET’s Tall Galleries.
In line with the exhibit, catch French artist Fabrice Hyber and Manuel Ocampo in Manila for a meet-and-greet at the MET on May 21! French video and film screenings will be on view in May at the METlab.
Metropolitan Museum of Manila
Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Manila, Philippines
Museum hours: 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM, Mondays to Saturdays (closed on Sundays and holidays)