Metropolitan Museum of Manila visit

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Last June 4, my friends and I visited the Metropolitan Museum of Manila, located right beside the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas along Roxas boulevard.

  1. Tapas and Bodegones Exhibit

The exhibit was divided into 3 sections: The Kitchen, The Table, and The Meal. The kitchen showcased some old-fashioned kitchen equipment, as well as new and innovative ones. A good example of the old equipment was the Jamon maker, which is the first thing you would see after entering the hall. For the trendier items, what caught my eye was the Otto wine rack. It looked like a giant honeycomb to me, which is why I thought it was interesting. Next was the Table, which showed if I remember correctly, 3 tables and a lot of different dining equipment such as plates and utensils. There was a dining utensil on display there where it can be used as chopsticks, or as a knife and fork depending on the situation. The creativity behind that amused me, thinking that it would be really helpful for those times when you suddenly need a knife and fork to cut your food. Lastly was the Meal. The Meal was all about food. Mostly on creative ways to present food.

2. Philippine Contemporary Exhibit

The exhibit here was divided into a sort of timeline, dating from the Spanish Colonization era all the way to the early 21st century. After going through the exhibit, you could see how the contemporary art scene in the Philippines developed. In the earlier times, the art was limited to paintings and sculptures, but when the digital era came around, photos and videos, as well as some really abstract art came into the mix. There was an artwork there that was literally just a pile of broken glassware. Along with it was a video showing how they broken glassware came to be, which was basically the artist throwing stuff on the floor. There was also the bug-like woodwork in one corner of the exhibition. In that same room there was this bubble machine. At first we thought that the foam coming out of it was fake, but upon closer inspection, we notice that the bubbles were actually popping.

3. Gold and Pottery

Unfortunately, we were unable to visit the Gold and Pottery exhibit due to renovations in the basement of the Met Museum.

4. The Met Museum differed from the National Museum. First off, in the National Museum we were allowed to take photos. The Met museum was much stricter, only allowing photos on the Tapas and Bodegones exhibits and not at the Philippine Contemporary one. The National Museum was also way bigger than the Metropolitan.

Additional Photos

An untitled work by Abdulmari Imao, Oil on canvas. 2000
Hinog sa Puno by Gabriel Custodio, Oil on canvas. 1977
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