It has been a while since I have planned to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Manila and finally I was able to check its box on my list. It is situated along Roxas Boulevard but it is quite unfortunate that no jeepneys seem to cross that certain road. I knew I would spend a ton of time there so I ate lunch beforehand. Thank you Subway (eat fresh)! 🙂
While the museum has its old world charm, the current exhibit focused on modern design – that of the Japanese. Frankly, I could not understand why most of my colleagues go crazy about Japanese culture. However, when I was exposed to it (hello, Daiso and anime) I began to understand little by little. There was something delicate and wise about their designs. The character of ‘modern’ in modern houses is typically derived from Japanese aesthetic.
The exhibit showcased one hundred works from about the early 1900s to this time with different sections such as house wares, clothing, disaster relief, communication, transportation and medical apparatus and equipment. Everything was happiness! Nevertheless, what I particularly liked is the Issey Miyake dress which is so genius I hoped I invented it, and this awesome foldable helmet. There was also a super kawaii ramen tool as you allow your food to cook. The stationery sets were divine! Also, I only ever saw the bread maker in Begin Japanology, and here I saw it in the flesh – or the plastic, or whatever it is made of. There was a versatile and highly functional coat with a lot of pockets so you could basically bring your entire home with you in the midst of a zombie apocalypse. The architectural model series was really genius as well.
Discourses in Design: Philippine Japanese Cultural Linkages was also a temporary exhibit. This on the other hand displayed furniture, fixtures and ornaments made by Filipino artists inspired by the Japanese culture. I loved the capiz series, the chairs which reminded me of Pixar, the humungous metal fixture fronting the lobby and the sofa which I so adore I could probably sleep on it for a day after finishing a good book (perhaps Harry Potter and the Cursed Child).
The second floor housed many works by contemporary and modern artists. No pictures could be taken but I hope I had one wherein I am next to Rodel Tapaya’s painting. It was my first time to see one in real life and really I could stare at his works for hours and just marvel! The second floor too showed performance arts, some as scripted movies, others seemingly out of the blue like one wherein we witness ceramics thrown away and broken on the concrete floor.
I had a great time in The Met and I would definitely visit again soon. I wonder what is in store next?
By the way, they have a legal Met Lab, if we need a fix.
Metropolitan Museum of Manila
Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Complex, Roxas Boulevard,
Malate-Manila (1554), Philippines
Children above three years old, students, adults & foreign guest.
Private school all levels.
Senior citizen and persons with disabilities.
Museum Hours: Monday to Saturday 10:00 am to 5:30pm
Gold and Pottery Galleries: Monday – Friday 10:00am to 4:30pm