Kohler Bold.Art. Debut in Manila


For over 40 years, Kohler has invested in the growth of arts. In the US alone, more than 500 emerging and established artists finished their residency program in the Kohler headquarters; and in recent years, this initiative has been brought to Asia.

Today, the brand’s continued support for the industry and Asian artists continues with the opening of Kohler Bold. Art. Exhibition.

The exhibition has travelled from Thailand, Indonesia, South Korea and Singapore and finally makes its way to the Philippines, opening at The Gallery in Greenbelt 5, showcasing a collection of 12 art pieces from artists that hail across Asia.

“The exhibit runs from May 18 to 24 and is part of Kohler’s vision to promote art and put the spotlight on local artists,” begins Angel Yang, Vice President & General Manager – Kitchen & Bath Southeast Asia & Australasia.

Angel Yang

Among the artists featured in Kohler Bold. Art. are Ahadiat Joedawinata from Indonesia, James Seet from Malaysia, Thomas Cheong from Singapore, Sudsiri Pui-Ock from Thailand, Nguyan Ngoc Lam from Vietnam, and Hadrian Mendoza from the Philippines.

Their work explores the theme “Asian Contemporary Art: Rooted in the Past; Looking Into the Future” inspired by each artist’s personal experience and drawn from their cultural point of view.

Hadrian Mendoza shares, “It’s truly an honor to be part of this and I’m even happier that the show is here in the Philippines. It’s a great way for Asian artists to get exposure on an international scale. For this particular exhibit, the exposure is not even just for the artists but for our respective countries since each of us had to create pieces which were drawn from our personal experiences and cultures.”

Hadian Mendoza

Mendoza’s pieces, Time, which shows how we must make drastic changes to save the environment; and Mununggul, which is his rendition of the burial jar used by our Filipino ancestors to hold a deceased’s belongings, will be featured during the exhibit.

“The theme looks into how each artist, with their diverse backgrounds and experiences view issues such as continuing ubranization, Asia’s consistent rise to economic power, and the impact that innovation and technologies are making in today’s society,” Yang adds.

As a brand known for its long-standing dedication and appreciation for the arts, it’s an initiative that Kohler hopes to promote further as they work to expand the project.

“Moving forward, we hope to partner with more artists, and collaborate with more organizations who share our vision of bringing the arts closer and more accessible to the public,” ends Yang.