Tuesday, December 22, 2009

National Bookstore holds My Moleskine Exhibitions & Art Competition

National Book Store brings to the Philippines the legendary Moleskine notebook which is the same one used by artists and thinkers for over two centuries, such as Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway and Bruce Chatwin.

The launch of the My Moleskine Exhibition and the Open Call Art Competition happened on October 23, 2009 at National Bookstore Glorietta 5 in Makati City. The event was hosted by Tessa Prieto-Valdez and Tim Yap.



For the first time ever, Moleskine and National Book Store are bringing the My Moleskine exhibition to Manila. I was flabbergasted to see the works of various artists from across Asia. It's amazing to see the different ways to put art on/in a notebook, like youngsters do their design in preparing their slumbooks.

Artist: Arnel Agawin (Philippines)

This exhibit showcases the great diversity of talents, creativity and innovation of contemporary artists based in Asia.  For this vibrant exhibition, artists will disclose their work in progress, to give the audience an insight of the journey into their creative process.

Presented are the works of 34 artists from the fields of design, photography, painting and music who use the Moleskine notebook as their unconventional canvas to freely express and showcase their artistic inspiration and to share a more intimate side of their work.  The unique interactive exhibit allows the audience to peruse the notebooks and to experience them at their own pace as they flip through the pages.

The My Moleskine Exhibition are on display at the following National Bookstore branches:
NBS Glorietta 5 - Oct. 23, 2009 to Nov. 30, 2009;
NBS Rockwell - Dec. 1, 2009 to January 22, 2009;
NBS Trinoma - Oct. 23, 2009 to Jan. 22, 2010;
and Bestsellers Robinson’s Galleria - Oct. 23, 2009 to Jan. 22, 2010.

Artist: Leong Wai Ian (Hong Kong)


Along with the exhibit, Moleskine and National Book Store are also launching My Moleskine Open Call Manila which aims to promote and emphasize the strong association between Moleskine notebooks and artistic expression.  It is an opportunity for Filipinos to show off their own creativity, to share their artistic experiments and to place their imagination on display.

Artist: Audrey Salmon (France/ China) 

The winner of My Moleskine Open Call Manila will receive P25,000 worth of gift certificates from National Book Store and the best entries will represent the Philippines in the My Moleskine Open Call Shanghai 2010 and have a chance to be part of the permanent roster of Moleskines being showcased around the world.

Artist: Chen Chen (China)

Entries to My Moleskine Open Call Manila can be dropped at participating NBS branches until January 22, 2010. Download the form.

Artist: Li Shoubai (China)

Moleskine notebooks are available at select National Book Store branches at a 10% discount until January 22, 2010.  Follow National Bookstore on Facebook, Friendster and Twitter or go to www.nationalbookstore.com for more details.

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