Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) closes gallery with controversial artwork

The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) has decided to temporarily shut down the gallery that houses artist Mideo Cruz’s controversial artworks. Cruz’s art installation “Politeismo” depicted a version of Jesus Christ as a mouse and also showed other religious objects juxtaposed with a red penis or other odd objects, which critics described as “blasphemous” and “sacrilegious.” While CCP said it will “continue to act as catalyst for free expression of Filipino artists,” it said they are now taking steps to “make more informed decisions in the future.” A statue of Jesus Christ with Mickey Mouse ears and a clown nose is seen among the art … “This decision was made amidst controversy and deliberation by the Board as to what steps are necessary to avoid future similar incidents,” the CCP said in a statement Tuesday. CCP said the exhibit did not only draw flak; it also exposed the institution to security threats. “Threats to security became most alarming on Aug. 4 when Security reported that a couple had vandalized the art works and attempted to set fire to the exhibit but had been unsuccessful,” he CCP said. Members of the CCP Board also started to receive hate mails and threats. The exhibit ‘Kulo’ is a compilation of work by 32 artists and was hinged on Jose Rizal’s 150th year. “Because all the participating artists had a common educational background, all having studied at the UST, they felt it fitting that the theme of Jose Rizal also reflect the heritage and culture represented by the 400-year old university,” CCP said in its backgrounder. CCP said “Politeismo” was not new as it had been featured in exhibits in Ateneo de Manila, UP Vargas Musueum and Kulay Diwa since 2002. From: http://ph.news.yahoo.com/ccp-closes-gallery-with-controversial-artwork.html
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