Ateneo's Massive Art Complex and Creative Hub to Open Soon
Ateneo de Manila University is on an art spree this year. In February, the Ateneo Art Gallery and Poklong Anading launched “Shared Residence,” an ongoing experimental exhibit that allows Ateneo students and employees to take home commissioned artworks as they would books. Each borrower is taught how to handle a piece of value and encouraged to display it at home for two weeks.
Another project is the ongoing construction of Areté, a massive building for the archival, exhibition, teaching, and performance of art. “It is an entire complex dedicated to innovation,” says Yael Buencamino-Borromeo, managing curator of Ateneo Art Gallery.
The building, located along Katipunan Avenue and within the Ateneo campus, is being built by WV Coscolluela, the same firm behind the World Trade Center and the 45-story Robinsons Equitable Tower. One of the key architectural details of Areté is the Bridgeway, a visual symbol for what Buencamino-Borromeo calls "the connection between art and innovation."
Areté will have a theater hall that will seat 900 people, another
According to Buencamino-Borromeo, Ateneo President Jose Ramon Villarin, S.J. pushed for Areté to be "a central space for stimulating creative, adaptive, and multi-dimensional thinking for generating new ideas, products, and services." It is also