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Over Rizal: Monuments to a Hero

Over Rizal: Monuments to a Hero
17 June 2011 to August 2011
Lobby, Landing, and 3rd Floor Galleries

In commemoration of the 150th year of the birth of Dr. Jose Rizal, the UP Vargas Museum opens the exhibition Over Rizal: Monuments to a Hero on 17 June 2011, 4:00 PM, at the Lobby, Landing, and Third Floor Galleries.

Rizal monument in Tacloban City

The exhibition features the numerous monuments installed in honor of the National Hero all over the Philippines and abroad. Images from personal and institutional collections, works of contemporary artists (Denis Lagdameo, Kawayan de Guia, and Manny Migriño), film, documents and archival materials survey the various forms and styles through which Rizal’s image is articulated, and explores the multitude of meanings and sentiments evoked by his ubiquitous presence in public spaces as well as in the Filipino’s consciousness.

Coinciding with the event is the formal opening of Kris Ardeña’s exhibition, Enchantment of Affinities, at the 3rd Floor South Wing Gallery. Engaging in yet another dialogue exploring the complexities of the colonial encounter, Ardeña’s video installation uses olive oil and soy sauce as metaphors of the relationship between the colony and the empire. Illustrations and texts from the 19th century Spanish novel Misterios de Filipinas (1859) by Antonio del Canto extends the conversation to the colonizer’s imagination of the subjugated realm.

Exhibitions run until August 2011. For more information, please contact the Vargas at 928-1927 (direct line) or 981-8500 local 4024 (UP Trunkline), or send an email to


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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