UP Vargas Museum

Ang Petroglyphs ng Angono | MARCO MALTO

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UP Vargas Museum presents Marco Ruben Malto II’s mural titled Ang Petroglyphs ng Angono on November 12, Thursday, 4pm at the 3F Landing.

Ang Petroglyphs ng Angono featuring a seven-panel painting based on the Angono Petroglyphs, reflects Malto’s interpretation of the endangered engravings on the 167-meter rock shelter by referencing images from history and the current state of politics and society in the country. By focusing on the supernatural explanations (particularly on the healing potential of “sympathetic magic” where the diseases of ailing infants are “transferred” onto something else after the parents of these children carve the latter’s images onto the stone) regarding the rock engravings, Malto explores the concept of talisman as an art theme.

The Petroglyphs of Angono are late-Neolithic cave engravings, either of anthropomorphic or zoomorphic forms that gained considerable recognition since their discovery by National Artist Carlos “Botong” Francisco in 1965. But such appreciation has not necessarily translated into sufficient support to preserve this National Cultural Treasure. Thus, the exhibit aims to promote awareness in preserving this archaeological heritage. And like the “sympathetic magic” that relies on either “similarity” or “contact”, Malto tries to mend some ailments of Philippine society through the representations on his painting.

Ang Petroglyphs ng Angono runs until December 11.

Marco Ruben T. Malto II (b. 1972) is a graduate of UP Diliman College of Fine Arts (UPCFA) in 1993; finishing his Master of Fine Arts, also at UPCFA, in 2002. An Assistant Professor and a former Department Chair at the UPCFA-Department of Studio Arts, Malto’s fascination with rock art was inspired by his stay in Namibia in 2007. Following his exploration of the pre-historic African rock engravings, Malto initiated and designed a set of stamps to commemorate the Twyfelfontein Petroglyphs — Namibia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site; the stamps were launched and issued in Namibia in 2008.

For more information, please contact Vargas Museum at (+632) 928-1927 (direct line), (+632) 981-8500 loc. 4024 (UP trunkline), (+632) 928-1925 (fax) or send an e-mail to vargasmuseum@gmail.com. You may also check our website at http://vargasmuseum.upd.edu.ph or like us at http://www.facebook.com/vargasmuseum.upd and follow us on Twitter and Instagram @UPVargasMuseum for updates.


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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Internship program: We already closed the call for museum interns. We will have another batch in May. For Library Internships (UP Vargas Museum - Library and Archives), please check details posted here. Beyond Myself: Filipino Migrants' Investments in Philippine Futures is on its fifth week of viewing. This Curating Development exhibition is open until 28 March 2018. Books, reports, and other materials about #migration #policy are available for reading at the 3F South Wing, courtesy of colleagues from Goldsmiths - University of London, Scalabrini Migration Center Philippines, Enrich HK, Department of Sociology of The University of Hong Kong - HKU - 香港大學, and Keele University. The Living Architecture Exhibition is on view until 7 April 2018. Here is one of the four Tiyad structures created by Indy Paredes on the porches of the museum. Paredes will be joined by architecture and urban planning specialists on 24 March for the Artkitektura Exhibit Encounters 3: Vargas Conversations - "How can we make our cities more human?" Activity details will soon be posted on our Facebook event page. @artkitekturafestival Beyond Myself: Filipino Migrants' Investments in Philippine Futures at the 3F Galleries is extended until 28 March 2018. For guided tours, please send a message to vargasmuseum@gmail.com.

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1F - Living Architecture Exhibition: 7 April 2018
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Please send applications to vargasmuseum@gmail.com with subject line “INTERN-Museum APR 2018”. The program is designed to give the intern an overview of museum practices: collections management, curation, exhibition coordination, and educational programming. For March 2018, we need interns to assist with research of objects, manuscripts, and memorabilia for upcoming exhibitions.

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Please send applications to vargaslibraryarchives@gmail.com with subject line “INTERNS-Library 2018”. Application is all year round.

Interns will index the serials collection, digitize the archive and memorabilia collection, and contribute to the inventory of the library collection. Applicants are preferably Library Science majors.

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