The country’s modern and contemporary art show Art Fair Philippines is fast approaching, and many art fans (and critics) are getting ready for this year’s new exhibits made and prepared specifically for the four-day show. But while it is exciting to experience an event like this, we’d like to advise you to follow these simple etiquettes for an optimal experience for you and those around you. It’s just common decency.
If you are going to do it, don’t take forever at least. Seriously, it could get annoying to watch people keep taking selfies in every single artwork they see. Art is created to be appreciated, not used as a “like” generator meant to cause envy among your friends who couldn’t make it.
We understand that there will be quite a number of people and group of friends who will be planning to go to the exhibit, but please, try not to huddle around whatever is displayed for a long period of time. Give the other guests a chance to see and look at the artwork. You can always walk around and comeback to admire the piece.
For the love of God, DO NOT TOUCH THE ARTWORK. Unless it’s an interactive art piece, then by all means, play with it. But if it’s not, keep your hands to yourself.
There are a lot of art booths around the venue, and even if you found the Holy Grail among the silver goblets, please take a chance on the others. Each one is not like the other. You never know, you might find an even holier grail.
If you’re not a fan of the artwork that you’re looking at, don’t talk smack about it. Especially if you don’t know who the artist responsible for it, and the artist might also just be near you. Try to keep your negative opinions to yourself for the duration of the show. Remember, if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.
You can practice these art exhibit etiquette tips at the Art Fair Philippines, happening on February 16 to 19 at The Link Carpark, Ayala Center, Makati City. For more info, visit artfairphilippines.com.–ERNEST TO GOODNESS
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