Friday, August 12, 2011

CONTROVERSIAL Kulo Exhibit at CCP

An art sculpture by Filipino contemporary artist Mideo Cruz showing his version of Jesus Christ is displayed during an exhibit at Manila's Cultural Center of the Philippines, Monday, Aug. 8, 2011. The exhibit has provoked heated debate about freedom of expression in the predominantly Catholic nation. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Former Philippine first lady and now Congresswoman Imelda Marcos looks at an art installation of Catholic religious symbols by Filipino contemporary artist Mideo Cruz at Manila's Cultural Center of the Philippines, Monday, Aug. 8, 2011. The exhibit has provoked heated debate about freedom of expression in the predominantly Catholic nation. Marcos said after her visit that the work was a "desecration" and no longer represents art. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

A cross made using the detached arm of a doll is seen among the art installations on exhibit at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Manila August 8, 2011. An art installation that mixes Christ with kitschy symbols of pop culture and includes a crucifix with a movable penis has set off an uproar in the Philippines among conservative Catholics, who say the installations are a mockery of their faith. Mideo Cruz, the artist responsible for the installation -- intended to be a commentary on icon worship -- has been branded a "demon" and bombarded with death threats and hate mail since his work featured in an exhibit in Manila that began June 17. REUTERS/Erik de Castro (PHILIPPINES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY RELIGION)

A statue of Jesus Christ with Mickey Mouse ears and a clown nose is seen among the art installations exhibited at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Manila August 8, 2011. An art installation that mixes Christ with kitschy symbols of pop culture and includes a crucifix with a movable penis has set off an uproar in the Philippines among conservative Catholics, who say the installations are a mockery of their faith. Mideo Cruz, the artist responsible for the installation -- intended to be a commentary on icon worship -- has been branded a "demon" and bombarded with death threats and hate mail since his work featured in an exhibit in Manila that began June 17. REUTERS/Erik de Castro (PHILIPPINES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY RELIGION)

Artist Mideo Cruz speaks about his art installation "Poleteismo", on exhibition at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Manila July 29, 2011. An art installation that mixes Christ with kitschy symbols of pop culture and includes a crucifix with a movable penis has set off an uproar in the Philippines among conservative Catholics, who say the installations are a mockery of their faith. Cruz said his installation, "Poleteismo" or "Polytheism," is about the worship of relics and how idolatry evolves through history and modern culture. Picture taken July 29, 2011. To match Reuters Life! PHILIPPINES-ARTIST/CONTROVERSY REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco (PHILIPPINES - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)

Artist Mideo Cruz looks at an element in his art installation "Poleteismo", of a crucifix juxtaposed with a condom, on exhibition at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Manila July 29, 2011. An art installation that mixes Christ with kitschy symbols of pop culture and includes a crucifix with a movable penis has set off an uproar in the Philippines among conservative Catholics, who say the installations are a mockery of their faith. Cruz said his installation, "Poleteismo" or "Polytheism," is about the worship of relics and how idolatry evolves through history and modern culture. Picture taken July 29, 2011. To match Reuters Life! PHILIPPINES-ARTIST/CONTROVERSY REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco (PHILIPPINES - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)


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