Another first for the country is set to happen on May 27 when the Philippine Pavilion holds its vernissage (exhibit preview) for the Architecture Venice Biennale.
This is the Philippines' first participation in the international architecture exhibition through the efforts of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), and the Office of Senator Loren Legarda.
The event will be held at the Palazzo Mora in Venice, Italy.
“As the Biennale is expected to gather the world’s outstanding artists from different disciplines and perspectives, we are confident that the Philippine participation will once again bring pride to all Filipinos – boasting the talent and ingenuity of the country’s foremost architects and contemporary visual artists who have created the Philippine Pavilion,” Foreign Affairs Secretary Jose Rene D. Almendras said.
Nine post-war buildings are at the center of the selected exhibition titled "Muhon: Traces of An Adolescent City", curated by Leandro V. Locsin Partners (LVLP).
Interpreting the juvenile city that rose from the older colonial city destroyed in the Second World War are 8x8, CS Architecture, Lima Architecture, Mañosa & Co. Inc., Eduardo Calma, and Jorge Yulo, along with artists Poklong Anading, Tad Ermitaño, and Mark Salvatus (represented by 1335 Mabini).
The subjects that will be featured in "Muhon" are KM 0 in Luneta (Anading), Pandacan Bridge (Ermitaño), Chinatown (Salvatus), Magsaysay Center (8x8), CS Architecture (Pasig River), Makati Stock Exchange (Lima Architecture), Coconut Palace (Mañosa & Co.), Philippine International Convention Center (Calma), and Mandarin Hotel (Yulo).
"Muhon" translates to "monument" or "place-marker" and the exhibit seeks to understand what the structures say about the current relationship of the people and the society they live in.
“What is ostensibly an architectural issue is actually the age-old battle between public interest and private, particularly corporate, gain. Architectural structures are not just neutral, static objects in our midst. They are powerful arbiters of social relations. Edifices can impose ways of behaving, valuing and thinking on people," NCCA Chair and Philippine Pavilion Commissioner Felipe de Leon Jr said.
"Muhon: Traces of An Adolescent City" will run from May 28 to November 27 at Palazzo Mora, Venice, Italy. — APG, GMA News