ECQ 3.0: Gallery shutdowns, show extensions for Manila art spaces


THE latest omnibus guidelines released on August 6 by the IATF-EID (Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases) enumerate the essential establishments allowed to operate under the highest lockdown orders implemented in the National Capital Region. As was the case during the previous two enhanced community quarantine periods in NCR, not included in list are museums, galleries, and cultural shows and exhibits.

Here, we look at the plans of some Metro Manila galleries over the next two weeks, as announced on their respective social-media channels.

ART CUBE GALLERY: The physical space of Art Cube Gallery will be closed throughout the entire duration of the ECQ and will resume operations on August 21.

Art Cube’s exhibitions, however, will continue to run online on its user-friendly web site ( In focus is a trifecta of psychedelic solo exhibitions: The World That Was by Japs Antido, Ugmad by  Michael Delmo and 86,400 by PJ Cabanalan.

For inquiries, call 8816-7758 or e-mail [email protected]

Done, do, does, did by Nilo Ilarde at Underground Gallery

ARTE BETTINA: The gallery’s Greenbelt space will likewise be closed until August 20 and will open on regular hours on August 21.

Following its three-artist exhibition, titled, Eterno Clasico—which featured Toti Cerda, Gerry Joquico Jr. and Otto Neri—Arte Bettina also announced that its next show will be available for viewing online. Contact 0916-6474984 or e-mail [email protected] for more information.

LEON GALLERY: Makati-based auction house and exhibition space Leon Gallery postponed the second solo exhibition of Enzo Razon, titled Songs.

The show, in partnership with DF Art Agency, was originally planned for an August 6 opening but will now be moved “to a later date.”

MONO8 GALLERY: Another art space that announced closure until August 20 was MONO8 Gallery, located at Casa Tesoro along A. Mabini Street in Ermita, Manila. Their post, however, hinted at something more.

“Operations will resume once ECQ is lifted as we look forward to welcoming you to our new location.”

For inquiries, contact 0917-4968752 or [email protected]

MO_SPACE: MO_Space will be closed until August 20 as their current exhibitions will continue until August 29.

The lineup includes Something of Everything in Everything by Elaine Roberto-Navas in the Main Gallery, and Drawing the Farthest Land by Katrina Bello in Gallery 2.

MO_Space has also announced its shows for next month. Painters Pope Bacay and Nicole Tee will be featured in the Main Gallery, while mixed-media artist Marionne Contreras will occupy Gallery 2.

UNDERGROUND GALLERY: Located at the basement of Makati Cinema Square, Underground Gallery will be closed for the entire duration of the enhanced community quarantine.

Subsequently, the gallery decided to extend its ongoing exhibition that was scheduled to end on August 13 to August 28. In done, do, does, did, conceptual artist Nilo Ilarde presents thought-provoking sets of collages, “salvaged objects” and emptied paint tubes to advance the dematerialization of painting.

“The oldest known paintings are approximately 40,000 years old and the oldest bronze statue dates back to the 2500 BCE,” the artist states in the exhibition notes. “My question is can my work still raise provocative issues about art?”

For more information, contact 0927-5118489 via Viber or e-mail [email protected].

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