La Mujer Filipina allegedly by Felix Hidalgo

Some doubts have been casts on the authenticity of a Felix Hidalgo painting which was sold by auction recently. FÉLIX RESURRECCIÓN HIDALGO Y PADILLA (Filipinas, 1855 – España, 1913). “Nativa Filipina”. Óleo sobre lienzo. The most common misgivings are that the painting did not seem to conform to the fashion style of the period when… Continue reading La Mujer Filipina allegedly by Felix Hidalgo

Indonesia at the Venice Biennale 2013

Indonesia has moved its pavilion into the Arsenale for the first time. On an impressive 500 square meters, the works of six artists are presented here. The participants were selected in a lengthy selection process – after all, they had set themselves the goal of showing a representative cross-section of the variegated contemporary Indonesian art… Continue reading Indonesia at the Venice Biennale 2013

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Krzysztof Wodiczko “Guests”

The Polish pavilion – actually a windowless cube – is surprisingly transparent this year. Floor-to-ceiling windows with rounded arches open the view to the outside. Through the slightly milky panes, the visitor standing in the dark of the exhibition space can observe people doing different activities. Some are chatting, others are busy cleaning the windows,… Continue reading Krzysztof Wodiczko “Guests”

Destiny of Empty Caskets

This critical reflection on Soledad’s Sister (Anvil 2008), second novel of Jose Dalisay was written as final paper for Professor Maria Celeste Coscolluela’s Comparative Literature class at UP. Paez doesn’t appear on any road map, but it occupies as enduring a place in the Filipino imagination as Tondo or Rosales. Because Paez is in fact Pais,… Continue reading Destiny of Empty Caskets

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Pictures/dreams

The Ulla and Heiner Pietzschs Collection New National Gallery, Berlin June 19, 2009 – November 22, 2009 When the Scharf-Gerstenberg Collection in the Eastern Student Building opened as an annex to the Neue Nationalgalerie vis-à-vis the Museum Berggruen last year, Berlin was given the opportunity to familiarize itself permanently with “Surreal Worlds” for the first… Continue reading Pictures/dreams

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Knife to the heart

Zhang Yimou choreographs fighting bodies that turn every action into the purest calligraphy If it isn’t obvious yet, one ought to know that flying is commonplace in Chinese cinema. But if it’s obvious enough, then one ought to know that it certainly isn’t in its exclusive domain. The acrobatics witnessed in the Matrix, where Trinity… Continue reading Knife to the heart

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