Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Komiks, once regarded as the bastard of Philippine literature, has proven itself deeply ingrained in the cultural consciousness of the Filipino people. Interestingly though, as a form of expression in the visual arts and in literature, komiks has a need to constantly prove itself to be considered a legitimate art form. It is in this area of uncertainty that this exhibition begins. What if painters and sculptors draw inspiration from komiks? Can the subject matter lessen the legitimacy of the art form?

To celebrate the centennial of renowned komiks artist Mars Ravelo, over a dozen artists were tasked to individually interpret a specific character by Ravelo. Participating artists include Kris Abrigo, Ang Gerilya, Virgilio Aviado, Mariano Ching, Ernest Concepcion, Maisha dela Cruz, FaBo, Dex Fernandez, RM De Leon, Leeroy New, Jonas Roces, Jericho Vamenta, and MM Yu.

Hailed as the “King of Komiks,” Ravelo had a talent for writing and drawing which paved the way for some of Philippine comics’ well-known icons. His most famous comic superheroes include Darna, Captain Barbell, Lastikman, Kapitan Boom and Flash Bomba. Not only focused on superheroes, Ravelo also created fantasy stories based on the lore of mermaids with Dyesebel. Besides fantasy titles, he also made comedy comics such as Bondying, and Jack & Jill. With over 300 comic titles to his name, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Komiks Operation Brotherhood and the FAMAS Lifetime Achievement award for his contributions in the film industry in 1984. In April 1988, he also received a Gawad ng Pagkilala from the Linangan ng Wika sa Pilipinas for his contribution in promoting the Filipino Language. Ravelo died on September 12, 1988 in his home in Quezon City. He received posthumous awards from Atlas Publishing on October 1988 and at the 8th Annual Gintong Ama Awards on June 1989.

Exhibit Duration:
September 15 to November 13, 2016
Bulwagang Juan Luna (Main Gallery) and Pasilyo Guillermo Tolentino (3F Hallway Gallery)

September 21, Wednesday, 4:00 pm, Bulwagang Juan Luna (Main Gallery)
Forum on the Critical Analysis of Komiks
Atty. Marnie Tonson
Harvey M. Tolibao
Emil M. Flores

October 5, Wednesday, CCP Dream Theater
Film Screenings with Introduction by Nick De Ocampo
2:00 pm - Jack En Jill by Mar S. Torres (1954)
4:00 pm - Tubog sa Ginto by National Artist Lino Brocka (1971)

October 9, Sunday
Mars Ravelo Centennial Celebration
4:00 pm - Artist’s Reception, Bulwagang Juan Luna (Main Gallery)
7:00 pm - Video Projection on the CCP Fountain, CCP Front Lawn

October 12, Wednesday, 4:00 pm, Bulwagang Juan Luna (Main Gallery)
Forum on Mars Ravelo Reinterpreted
Kris Abrigo
Virgilio Aviado
Maisha dela Cruz
Ang Gerilya

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