Community chat: 1335Mabini – focus on cultural heritage and contemporary art
It is said that art enables us to find and lose ourselves at the same time. It keeps us in a constant loop of looking back and dreaming forward. It’s an impalpable idea that can be seen anywhere at any time, but very few can materialize it into something tangible.
As we go around Manila we got the chance to learn more about 1335MABINI, a contemporary art space located in a century old building, Casa Tesoro. Know more about how a space with a historically rich past serves as a home to various artistic disciplines of the future.
Q: What is 1335MABINI in a nutshell?
A: 1335MABINI is a multidisciplinary space that primarily features local and international contemporary art.
Q: Can you tell us when and how this business started?
A: 1335MABINI was established in 2013 under the directorship of Birgit Zimmermann, a prominent Austrian gallerist who started working with artists from the Philippines for years. 1335MABINI has a significant development this year as the gallery will open a new branch in Karrivin Plaza (Makati City), which will serve as an extension of our gallery headquarters in Casa Tesoro, Manila City.
Q: What is the inspiration behind this business?
A: 1335MABINI positions itself as a space that cultivates cross-cultural dialogue through its diversified local and international program that includes, but is not limited to, exhibitions, discussions, screenings, residencies/exchanges, and art fair participations.
Q: What makes this place special compared to other establishments?
A: First and foremost, 1335MABINI is situated in a more than a century old building, which is Casa Tesoro. The mix of contemporary art with cultural heritage gives the space a distinct identity. 1335MABINI also holds exhibitions that showcase innovative works, which push the boundaries of the traditional perception of art.
Q: What do you love about Manila?
A: Amidst the chaos, there are so many hidden gems in Manila – restaurants, bars, shops, hotels, entertainment centers, museums, galleries, artist-run spaces, etc. – that give it such a colorful character.
Check out 1335Mabini for more info on their current exhibition ‘Mutual idiosyncrasies’ by Rinne Abrugena and Iabadiou Piko. In this exhibtion the duo explores the possibility of interconnectiveness of human experience regardless of your country of origin. And drop by the gallery at 1335 A. Mabini St., Ermita, Manila! Admission is free.