Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Art, Souvenirs and Thrash

Dear insansapinas,

picture taken by my brother

I said that I do not want to write about that thrashy collage they call Art which was exhibited in CCP. I was not the only one offended, There were so many petitions  for the closure of the exhibit that came via e-mails and other forms of communication. 
CCP finally succumbed to pressure NOT because of the clamor of the senators and  the various groups but I think it is more of the threat that its funding will be reduced? CCP is funded by the taxpayers' money  money and the taxpayers have the right to question where the money is going. Hindi ka ba pwedeng magquestion kung ayaw mo ang ginagastusan ng iyong pera?  Here is an exceprt of the news:
The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) closed down on Tuesday the main gallery where the controversial "Kulo" art exhibit is on display.In a statement, the CCP said threats to persons and property influenced the management's decision to close down the gallery.One of the artworks displayed in the gallery — artist Mideo Cruz's piece, a mixed-media collage called "Poleteismo" — was criticized as "blasphemous" and then vandalized last week.
Freedom of expression, ito paa ko, (my foot). In a related news: 
In Pisa, the vendors of souvenirs receive stiff fines for selling erotic souvenirs associated with their Leaning Tower of Pisa, Michaelangelo and David. The mayor declared that "'Some of the so called novelty souvenir items that can be found on these stalls are verging on the pornographic and this is not the image of the city of Pisa we want to cultivate.

Read more:

We're talking about aprons depicting Michelangelo's nude statue of David and more.
According to Britain's Daily Mail, Pisa, Italy mayor Marco Filippeschi is supporting fines of up to $700 for owners of stalls around the Leaning Tower of Pisa that sell souvenirs including the tower in phallic poses.

The Mail reported items such as boxer shorts that depict the tower as male privates "'trashy" --- TV character Bart Simpson is shown with the tower protruding from his lap on one of the more G-rated pairs -- and "'not the image of the city of Pisa we want to cultivate."


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