Danilo Dalena’s ‘grand finale’

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‘Good Morning Pedro,’ 1997, Artists Collection

‘Good Morning Pedro,’ 1997, Artists Collection

The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) is set to unveil a milestone exhibition by renowned artist Danilo Dalena to cap its Visual Arts program for 2016. A retrospective exhibit entitled Last Full Show will be presented at the third and fourth floor galleries of the CCP beginning December 10 and will run until March 4, 2017.

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Last Full Show takes off from where the larger public was last served the broadest sweep of Dalena’s body of work in 1990—his survey exhibition also at the CCP.

Fuelled by his virtual absence in the gallery circuit for over 25 years, the perception that Dalena had hibernated from art all those years is dispelled as Last Full Show reveals suites of drawings and paintings only recently done even as the artist has been slowed by several health crises.

Characteristic of Dalena’s signature affinity with the scatological and repellant, what could be of particular interest is his yet unfinished series of images referencing unseemly acts and antics in seedy movie houses.

Danilo Dalena’s ‘Komedya sa Pakil,’ oil on canvas, 1990, CCP Collection

Danilo Dalena’s ‘Komedya sa Pakil,’ oil on canvas, 1990, CCP Collection

While loosely taking on the structure of cinema with establishing sequences, transitions, freeze frames, and denouements, Last Full Show is posited as a grand unfolding rather than definitive account. Dalena himself insists that the wordplay be taken in the spirit of the elaborately risqué closing numbers of his famed “Alibangbang” (bar) series and the final all-star game of the now moribund Jai Alai where the performance goes full throttle and the one-upmanship is cutthroat and in your face.

For more information, contact the CCP Visual Arts & Museum Division, Production and Exhibition Department at (632) 832-1125 local 1504/1505, or email ccp.exhibits@gmail.com.

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