Thursday, August 11, 2011

CCP to close down "Kulo" Exhibition

Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and its officers have been receiving different forms of attacks from different sectors of our society due to the controversial "Kulo" exhibit in the CCP Main Gallery that opened on June 17, 2011 as part of Dr. Jose Rizal's 150th birthday celebration. This is the press statement of CCP dated August 9, 2011:

Due to numerous emails, text messages and other letters sent to various officers of the CCP, and to the artists themselves, with an increasing number of threats to persons and property,  the members of the Board of the Cultural Center of the Philippines have decided to close down the Main Gallery where the "Kulo" Exhibit is on display.  This decision was made amidst controversy and deliberation by the Board as to what steps are necessary to avoid future similar incidents.
In the light of the foregoing developments and recent experience, the CCP management has reviewed its policies and are now taking steps to enable its officers and staff  to make more informed decisions in the future.  

The  CCP shall continue to act as catalyst for free expression of  Filipino artists.  It thanks all those who have, in one way or another, contributed to the dialogue about art, and the different ways it affects society today. 

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