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Messenger of the Gods Exhibit Opening

Messenger of the Gods
A Duddley Diaz Retrospective

8 August to 30 October 2009
GF, The Lobby and The Edge Galleries

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National Artist Napoleon Abueva with Duddley Diaz for the opening ceremony

The UP Jorge B. Vargas Museum in cooperation with Galleria Duemila opened the exhibit Messenger of the Gods: A Duddley Diaz Retrospective last August 8, 2009, Saturday. The opening was graced by National Artist Napoleon Abueva and National Museum Director Corazon Alvina as guests of honor. Together with the Curator, Dr. Patrick Flores, and other distinguished guests, they marked the opening ceremony by the strike of the bell.

The exhibit highlights various works representing significant themes and periods in the development of Italy-based sculptor Duddley Diaz. It features the recurring images and symbols of his works for the past four decades (1967-2009) – the messenger of the gods. His sculpted and painted works are rooted in spiritual beliefs, from the established religion of Christianity, which is norm rather than expression, to the mythologies and indigenous rituals. The characters and figures represented serve as vessels of sacred messages. Some of these messengers are embodied by Haliya, messenger of the soul, being the goddess of the moon who oversees the world above the sky. The owl is usually a messenger totem that delivers omens, hallowed messages and spiritual signs. Some believe that the hooting call of the owl is a summoning call to the spirit world. For the Christian faith, angels and saints also perform as messengers of God.

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The exhibit also presents Diaz’s technical prowess in working with different sculptural media – clay and terracotta, wood, cast bronze, brass, marble, silver, ivory and ox bone. He also works in extreme scale — from large single relief panels and in the round bust or free-standing figures, floor to ceiling height assemblages to intricately carved ox bone and silver jewelry. But his artistic ingenuity does not end with sculptural works; his drawings, prints, jewelry, and paintings embody the consistent character in his art making explorations.

The exhibit will run until 30 October 2009. The Museum is open on Tuesdays to Sundays, 9 am to 4 pm. For more information, please contact the UPVM at numbers 981-8500 loc. 4034 (UP trunkline), 928-1927 (direct line), 928-1925 (fax), or send an e-mail to The Museum’s official website may be viewed at

The exhibit is also made possible with the support of its major sponsors: Jewellry Salon, Philippine-Italian Foundation, Tantoco Rustia Foundation; and also brought to you by Furn Italia, Icon Graphics, Metrobank, UP Office for Initiatives in Culture and the Arts, Ralph’s Wines and Spirits and Café Iana.


About Jorge B. Vargas Museum

It aims to preserve its collection donated by Jorge B. Vargas and conducts research, exhibitions, publications, and educational programs. The Vargas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center houses a museum, archives, and library devoted to the Philippine history, art, and culture from the late 19th century until the post-war era. Its main beneficiaries are students, faculty, researchers and scholars of the Philippines and Asia.


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