Art, Book Launch, Exhibit, North Wing Gallery (Landing), South Wing Gallery, UP Vargas Museum

Doll Eyes | Joy Mallari

Doll Eyes
Joy Mallari
10 December 2010 to 15 January 2011
3F, North and South Wing Galleries
Vargas Museum

Opening Cocktails on
10 December, Friday, 4pm

The University of the Philippines Vargas Museum (UPVM) together with the Center for Art, New Ventures and Sustainable Development (CANVAS) present Doll Eyes featuring paintings by Joy Mallari inspired from the story written by Eline Santos. The exhibition will open on 10 December, Friday, 4pm, at the North and South Wing galleries of the Vargas Museum.

Doll Eyes is a story of Tin who searches for her missing friend Ella through the busy and treacherous streets of Quiapo. The author, Santos, initially wove the story from the first large-scale painting created by Mallari, and in turn, Mallari again painted another set of works that best expresses Doll Eyes, thus the conversation between literature and the visual arts. Further dialogue takes place when photographs of children collected by Jorge Vargas are juxtaposed with the images in Mallari’s paintings and texts in Santos’s narrative.

Coinciding with the exhibit is a retrospective of CANVAS’s previous publications. With their deft hands and distinct points of view, artists Romeo Forbes, Elmer Borlongan, Farley del Rosario, Plet Bolipata, Rodel Tapaya, Ivee Olivares-Mellor, Serj Bumatay, Jose John Santos III, Roel Obemio, Liza Flores and Anthony Palomo brought stories to life and adorned the covers and pages of CANVAS’s storybooks. These artworks served as the inspiration for the Romeo Forbes Children’s Story Writing Competition, CANVAS’s yearly endeavor to seek out Filipino talent and forge creative collaborations across artistic sensibilities.

Exhibition runs until 15 January 2011.

For more information, please contact the Vargas Museum at (+632) 928-19-27; (+632) 981-85-00 loc. 4024 or e-mail The museum’s website can be viewed at


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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