Filipino artist Marina Cruz’s personal exhibition opens in Taipei


Taipei, July 27 (CNA) A major solo exhibition that explores themes of family, property and home by award-winning Filipino artist Marina Cruz was launched in Taipei on Tuesday, when the Museum of Fine Arts of Kuandu reopened after 10 weeks.

The “Tide Table” exhibit highlights Cruz’s work over 20 years, poignantly focusing on his personal relationship with his home in Bulacan, a province in the Philippines about 15 miles north of Manila, according to the museum.

The 94 works on display at the Kuandu Museum include canvas paintings, fabric collages, laminated photos, and embroidery that depict the contemporary art platform Mind Set Art Center by Cruz, one of the organizers of the exposure.

Cruz developed a deep connection to the historical artifacts in his family’s home, where his maternal grandmother also lived, the art center said.

Known for her photorealistic paintings of vintage clothing, Cruz showcases vintage dresses that show the folds, creases, patterns, and stitches of fabrics.

Her works depict handmade clothing, sewn by her family, and record details of their residence, which are part of her personal history, the art center said.

In a pre-recorded video, the Filipino artist said she works with mundane objects, such as clothes, as she believes they provide insight into human fragility, beauty and vulnerability.

“I hope that people who see the works will think about the idea of ​​what a house is, or consider the possessions we have and the ideas of being able to belong to a family or to someone.” she said.

The title of the exhibit “Tide Table” reflects the indications of the high tide calendar, which frequently causes flooding in his village, said Cruz.

“The flood does not come unexpectedly, it comes at an expected time,” she said. “We just look at the board on the calendar and we know what time and how high the flood will be. It’s all there.”

Born in 1982 in Bulacan, Philippines, Cruz graduated with distinction from the University of the Philippines.

In 2012, she was named one of the 13 award-winning artists of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. She was also the winner of the Philippine Art Awards Grand Prize and one of the Philip Morris Awards in 2008.

His solo exhibition in Taipei, which runs until October 17, is curated by Dr Patrick Flores, who will be the chief curator for Taiwan at the 59th International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale 2022.

Online appointments are required to visit the Kuandu Museum, due to Taiwan’s current COVID-19 prevention protocols which limit indoor gatherings to 50 people at any time.

The Kuandu Fine Arts Museum reopened to the public on Tuesday, when Taiwan lowered its COVID-19 alert to Level 2.

The museum had been closed since May, when a national level 3 COVID-19 alert was implemented amid an increase in national cases.

(By William Yen)

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