Metropolitan Museum of Manila
The Metropolitan Museum of Manila looks forward to a Filipino nation that takes pride in the variety and excellence of its arts and culture. As the premier museum of modern and contemporary visual arts in the Philippines, the Met Museum not only seeks cultural upliftment, but also embraces art as a discipline in teaching non-art concepts such as cultural values, civic responsibilities, environmental awareness, and a belief in the need for excellence. It brings art to all levels of the local and international community, and situates art within the context of Philippine history and society. Its slogan, ART FOR ALL, is the foundation of all programs, which include permanent, changing, and traveling exhibitions, interactive stations, and educational activities.
Established in 1976, the Metropolitan Museum of Manila was originally a museum for foreign art that sought to increase the Filipinos’ awareness of the cultures of the world and to provide them with the opportunity of viewing international art in original form. By 1986, more than 100 exhibitions of non-Philippine art had been held at the museum, among them works by Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee, and Walter Gropius, as well as group shows from Germany, Italy, Mexico, the United States, and Yugoslavia.
In 1986, the Metropolitan Museum expanded to include Philippine art in a groundbreaking bilingual approach. For the first time, publications, exhibition notes, invitations, labels, signs, and posters were formatted in both Filipino and English.
Selected foreign shows were complemented with Philippine art of the same period, theme, or style. At least one major Philippine show was exhibited every year. In 1994, The Met Museum hosted the Vatican Collection (…And They Will Come from Afar, 2000 Years of Vatican Treasures). By 1996, The Met has organized major retrospectives of senior artists, three of whom have been named National Artists – Arturo Luz, Jerry Elizalde Navarro and Ang Kiukok. The Met Museum has also co-curated Philippine exhibitions organized by major agencies, such as the centenary exhibitions namely At Home and Abroad, 20 Contemporary Filipino Artists and Form and Splendor. Today, Philippine art exhibitions are curated from local, individual, corporate and institutional collections and from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Art Collection.
Teacher-training and children’s art classes have been initiated and are on-going programs. Workshops, career talks, and apprenticeship programs are held till this day. The Metropolitan Museum of Manila continues its creative and groundbreaking approach to art education and museum management. It is also constant in pursuit of its mission – ART FOR ALL – to make art count in the lives of those that it touches.
COLLECTIONS ON EXHIBIT
Classical Philippine Goldwork of the 8th to the 13th century Basement Gallery
- Gold adornments, ritual practices, and barter rings – evidences of a flourishing pre-colonial Filipino society actively engaged in local and international trade
Classical Philippine Pottery of the 8th to the 13th century Basement Gallery
- Pottery used by pre-colonial Filipino artists as household implements, ritual articles, and burial vessels
Aura: Religious Art in BSP Collection Basement Hallway
- Religious images crafted by Filipino artists to capture spiritual aura, represented by a halo of gold
Hidalgo: The Noble as Subject Galeriya Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas
- Works of Filipino Master Felix Resurrécción Hidalgo (1855-1913) in a special gallery section
Selections from the Met Collection Stairwell Gallery
- Abstract works by contemporary Filipino artists
Likhaan Catwalk Gallery, opens on March 1
- Works by renowned Filipino artists, highlighted by the 14 National Artist for Visual Arts awardees.
Network of Partners
The Met Museum works closely with the following key institutions:
Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) National Museum of the Philippines (NM)
It strongly advocates the sharing of knowledge and resources in the field of arts and culture and proactively develops partnerships with institutions through exchange exhibitions, creative workshops, and consultancy services:
- Loboc Children’s Choir
- Diocese of Tagbilaran
- Bohol Provincial Government
- Kapampangan Studies Center, Holy Angel University
- Tayabas Studies and *Creative Writing Council
- Vigan City Government
- Gameng Foundation
- Museo Ilocos Norte
- University of Northern Philippines
- Ifugao Provincial Government
- Jefarca Historical Society
- Museo San Isidro Labrador de Pulilan
- Cebu Provincial Government
- Ramon Aboitiz Foundation
- Laguna Provincial Government
- University of the Philippines Manila Department of Arts and Communication
- University of the Philippines Diliman College of Fine Arts
- Miriam College
- Socio-Anthro Department, Ateneo de Manila University
- University of Santo Tomas Museum of Arts and Sciences
- University of Santo Tomas Center for Conservation of Cultural Property and the Environment in the Tropics (CCCPET)
- University of Santo Tomas College of Fine Arts and Design
- San Beda College
- Philippine Normal University
- Centro Escolar University
- Philippine Women’s University
The Met Museum welcomes visitors in group and extends its educations program by means of a guided tour.
Planning Your Visit
1.BAGGAGE All bags will be checked by the guard-on-duty upon entry at the museum. Big bags, umbrellas, and large packages are not allowed inside the galleries.
2.PHOTOGRAPHY POLICY Picture and video taking are not allowed in the museum. For press and other special filming request, please call the Exhibitions and Education Programs Department.
3.FOOD AND DRINK Eating and drinking are not allowed in the galleries. You may, however, dine in the Museum Cafe inside the museum.
4.SMOKING Smoking is not permitted anywhere in the Museum.