the outpost

The Bellas Artes Outpost was opened in the Alley at Karravin in 2017 to create a satellite location in the heart of Manila to engage urban audiences with the art activities happening in Bataan. This non-collecting, non-selling exhibition space welcomes the public to engage with art, architecture, and design through its programming and its reading room and salon, which hosts publications from all over the world.

The Outpost aims to increase discourse between Filipino artists and audiences with the international contemporary art community. It produces four exhibitions a year and a public program that draws inspiration from the context and activities of Bellas Artes Projects in Bataan and connect audiences with the artistic processes used by the exhibiting artists.

Bellas Artes Projects was founded by Jam Acuzar and derives its primary patronage from the Acuzar family and New San Jose Builders. Artistic Director Diana Campbell Betancourt leads the foundation’s programming. Claude Mark Wilson from WeDesign designed the space.

 
 
 

exhibitions

upcoming

Bellas Artes Projects is pleased to announce the opening of Bruce Conner: Out of Body, the first major exhibition of this important American artist in Southeast Asia, opening on February 24th in Manila and March 3rd in Bataan, Philippines, curated by Artistic Director Diana Campbell Betancourt. One of the most influential artists of the Post War era, Bruce Conner (1933–2008) worked simultaneously in a range of mediums, including drawing, printing, collage, photography and film. Conner’s work lives past the artist’s lifetime as collective memory and his first comprehensive retrospective, Bruce Conner: It’s All True toured from the Museum of Modern Art in New York to San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, to the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid in 2016 through 2017.

bruce conner: out of body 

BRUCE CONNER

february 24, 2018 

 

 

 

PAST

Bellas Artes Projects is pleased to present ‘Busis Ibat Ha Kanayunan (Voices from the Hinterlands)’, an exhibition by Cian Dayrit. During his residency at Bellas Artes Projects, Dayrit focused his research into the history and mythology of the Ayta Magbukun community of Bataan, a deeply marginalized Indigenous Peoples group in central Luzon, examining their position in relation to colonial and post-colonial history and their representation in ethnographic studies of these periods, in close conversation with members of the community. The exhibition was part of an ongoing project from his residency.

 

Cagayan Garden (2017) takes inspiration from Alfredo Aquilizan's personal history growing up in Cagayan and his and Isabel's artistic concerns with displacement, change, memory and community. During their residency in Bataan, Isabel, Alfredo, and their children collected posts of antique Filipino houses that had been relocated to Bataan as part of the Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar's collection of heritage houses. Together with other materials they gathered from the workshops, the result is an exquisite zen inspired garden where one can contemplate the journeys that the houses, and the families who once lived inside them, underwent in order for the garden to come into existence.

 

Internationally acclaimed Polish artist Pawel Althamer (b. 1967) traveled to the Philippines to participate in a residency at Bellas Artes Projects that was centered on the annual procession of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo. Coming together every January 9th in one of the world’s largest peaceful gatherings of humanity, devotees believe that touching the surface of the image of the Black Nazarene will bring about a miracle. Millions come together in the hope that their prayers will be heard. Quiapo has for centuries been one of the most diverse districts of Manila, where the Catholic, Muslim, and Chinese community co-exist in close proximity. The exhibition Nazareno; Quiapo Constellations was born from this inspiring context. 

 

Visitors were enchanted by a score that Amorales and musician Julian Léde commissioned from the legendary Guatemalan composer and sound artist Joaquín Orellana (b. 1937), which is Orellana’s unique take on a segment from the classic Disney Film Fantasia. The short film “Orellana’s Fantasia” from 2013 registers the shadows of a performance by Orellana, who built a set of instruments that are analogue models made to perform as if they where electronic instruments, called útiles sonoros (sound utensils).