ARTURO LUZ "Major Works, Temples and Objects of the Past"
Opens November 18 at Galerie Joaquin Main
This November, National Artist Arturo Rogero Luz turns 80. The month promises to be an event filled one with the country’s leading cultural institutions planning no less than eight celebrations and tributes to this great artist.
These institutions include the National Commission of Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the National Museum, the Metropolitan Museum, the Design Center of the Philippines, the Cultural Center of the Philippines, the Ayala Museum and the Ateneo Art Gallery.
The shows range from retrospectives of paintings, prints and sculptures, and exhibits on the life of Luz including an interpretation of his works in song, dance and music.
In full support of these activities and as a major way to greet the artist, Galerie Joaquin Main together with leading figures in the private sector and his major collectors has calendared a special exhibit titled "Arturo Luz: Major Works, Temples and Objects of the Past". The show, which opens Saturday, November 18 at 6 PM, features thirty-five works of Luz done since 1991 till the present period. It is a show put together in honor of the master by collectors for collectors.
"Major Works, Temples and Objects of the Past" is a follow up of the highly acclaimed and successful show "Temples, Performers and Cities of the Past" that opened last June. This show features a new collection with many of the larger works never having been shown in an exhibit before. It also introduces a favorite theme of Luz after he went on an Asian sojourn and visited ancient Asian temples starting 1988. These are the Objects of the Past.
Galerie Joaquin Main is located at 371 P. Guevarra st. corner Montessori Lane in San Juan. Tel nos. 7239253 or 7239418. website.www. galeriejoaquin. com
The tributes by the country’s cultural institutions include an exhibit mounted by the National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA) on November 14 on the life of Luz as National Artist and his contributions to the collective practice of museum work. On November 9, The National Museum has calendared the show "Luz: Traces of Depiction" an exhibition seeking to situate the art of Luz in the context of abstraction in Philippine culture drawing from the collection of the National Museum, the Cultural Center of the Philippines and the Metropolitan Museum of Manila. The Design Center will open "Mano Po Manong" a show of photographs, graphic, product and exhibition designs and relevant quotes from Luz on how his vision has helped in the development of Philippine design.
The Cultural Center of the Philippines hosts two projects: "Luz , Let There be Light", an event inspired by the works of Arturo Luz where the audience will witness performances by theater artists, dancers and musicians inspired by the works of Luz. There will also be a show at the Bulwagang Juan Luna Gallery titled "Prints/Imprints" featuring fine prints from the CCP Collection of Luz works as well as those from selected contemporary artists that manifest a marked impression by the artistry of Luz. The Metropolitan Museum will be opening "A Light in the Museum" (November 23) an exhibition which will explore the parameters and vectors of the agency of Luz and his continuing influence in the conceptual framework of the Museum while the Ayala Museum will be mounting an exhibition reviewing selected works by Arturo Luz in the buildings of fellow National Artist and modernist Leandro Locsin (November 27) while the Ateneo Art Gallery will show a retrospective of drawings and paintings of Luz from the 1950s to the 1960s.