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

A Fish Tale | Daniel dela Cruz

The UP Vargas Museum and CANVAS present A Fish Tale, sculptures by Daniel dela Cruz at the 3F galleries of the museum.

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Each year, CANVAS holds the Romeo Forbes Children’s Story Writing Competition, a unique contest that uses art as inspiration for a children’s story. This competition challenges writers to weave a story based on an artwork that children (and adults, too) might enjoy. When the winning story is chosen by CANVAS and a panel of judges, it in turn inspires more art in a series of works by the same artist that, scene-by-scene, brings the story to life. The result is a truly special and collaborative children’s storybook.

Becky Bravo’s magical undersea world emerged as the winner for this year. Her story hit a chord. The story takes you back to that period of the awkwardness in childhood, the need to fit in, the desire to find friends, and the dread and loneliness of being different. These concerns, so real to children (and adults, too) were approached with honesty, simplicity, and playfulness.

For Daniel, the challenge was formidable as this is CANVAS’s first children’s book to be illustrated using sculptures. Would he be able to do justice to Becky’s story, using his signature metal sculptures as tools? Or would he be limited by the medium that seemed to us far less suited to storybooks than pen and ink, watercolor, or oil paint? But his graceful and whimsical figures fit Becky’s words like hand in glove, and give her characters personality, identity, and even movement.

Daniel dela Cruz graduated from the University of the Philippines in 1991. In 2007, he returned to sculpture and mounted his first solo exhibition, Kandungan. In 2008, he won the coveted gold medal for the “Festival of Nativities” in Rome, Italy.

A Fish Tale storybook and exhibition will be launched on February 13, 5pm at the Vargas Museum. Exhibition runs until February 25.

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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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Session Advisory: The Art Workshops of Fernando B. Sena at the Vargas Basement concluded last 2 December. Sessions and registration will resume on 20 January 2018. More than a hundred guests gather at the public reception of Place of Region in the Contemporary on 8 December 2017, Friday. 
UP Vargas Museum opens this first project of the Philippine Contemporary Art Network (PCAN) built through three nodes in a network: Knowledge Production and Circulation; Exhibition and Curatorial Analysis; Public Engagement and Artistic Formation. The project endeavors to activate a network to coordinate a range of interventions in contemporary art in the Philippines and to cast a sharper profile for it on an inter-local and trans-regional scale. It is keen to confront the requirements of research and discourse; curate art and subject the curatorial gesture to critique; and propose modes of catalyzing the public sphere of art and in the process harness the energies of its agents. The project at the UP Vargas Museum will run until 27 January 2018. Public programs for the project will happen next year. The Philippine Contemporary Art Network (PCAN) will open its initial project at the Vargas Museum on 8 December 2017 at 4pm. For more information, visit http://pcan.org.ph or the Facebook event page of the project: Place of Region in the Contemporary DEVOUR will close today at 5pm at the 3F Galleries.  We thank all who visited the show. Place of Region in the Contemporary will open next Friday, 8 December 2017 at 4pm. Please take note of our schedule until 08 December 2017:

30 November (Thursday)
Non-working Holiday (Bonifacio Day)

01 December (Friday)
Last day of DEVOUR show at the 3F Galleries

02-07 December (Saturday-Thursday)
Galleries are closed for ingress of new show. Offices are open as usual. 
08 December (Friday) at 4pm
Opening reception of Place of Region in the Contemporary FINAL WEEK: Katti Sta Ana's Devour is on view until 1 December 2017, Friday. We are closed on Thursday for public holiday.

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