March 31, 2016

1335Mabini: A space for all things contemporary

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  • Art galleries are usually a dime a dozen in major cities; however, with Manila having so many malls and high rise hotels, it’s easy for these symbols of art and culture to become lost within the concrete jungle. For art enthusiasts, however, these gems are not hard to find.



    A DEFINITE DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH. 1335 Mabini is your space for contemporary art. (Photo via Malate on WordPress)


    Take 1335Mabini for example. Located along A. Mabini Street in Ermita, 1335Mabini is one of the newer art spaces in the city of Manila. Found inside Casa Tesoro, it has turned the heritage house into one of the city’s prime art space for contemporary artists from all over the globe.



    FROM THE STREETS. Casa Tesoro, which houses 1335Mabini, also houses Maria Closa’s collection of Philippine tribal art. (Photo via 1335Mabini Facebook page)


    1335Mabini is more than just your regular art gallery (if there’s such a thing as a regular art gallery, that is). It’s more of a space for art more than anything else. It doesn’t limit itself to what you would normally associate with art, i.e. paintings and sculptures.

    1335Mabini has two major spaces: the Zn Gallery, located at the second floor, and ProjectSpace Manila. Zn is a space dedicated to new media; a space for artists to experiment with anything they see fit.

    ProjectSpace Manila, on the other hand, is more of your “standard” art gallery: a space for paintings and sculptures. It also doubles as a place for performance art, lectures, and film screenings, or anything else a budding artist might see fit.

    While most art galleries in the country may have a similar format, 1335Mabini takes it to another level with AiRPManila. AiRPManila is short for Artist-in-Residence Program. Its 1335Mabini’s way of helping artists further their craft by giving them a space to both create and live in.

    Located in the third floor, AiRPManila welcomes artists, curators, researchers, writers, institutions, and ministries to apply for residencies that can last for as long as three months.

    As of today, 1335Mabini houses works done by Korean artist Hong Soun as well as Manny Montelibano’s Here Distorted, both running from Feb. 18 to April 15, 2016. You can find 1335Mabini at 1335 A. Mabini Street, Ermita, Manila. For inquiries, you may call 02-254-8498 or 0917-257-8407. You can also send them an email at 1335Mabini is open Tuesdays to Saturdays, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., as well as by appointment on Sundays.


    Source: Choose Philippines TV, 1335Mabini Facebook page,,, Rappler

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