Spanish literature and Filipino art meet and merge at the Galerie Anna in SM Megamall with the new "El Eco" exhibit, featuring works by painter Lex Marcos as inspired by the poems of the Spanish writer Miguel Hernandez. The exhibit is presented in partnership with the Instituto Cervantes de Manila.
Hernandez was a Spanish poet and playwright during the tumultuous period of the Spanish Civil War. Today, he is known in the Spanish-speaking world as one of the leading poets of the 20th century.
On the other hand, Marcos graduated from Fine Arts program of the University of the Philippines and currently works as a scenographer and graphic designer, as well as an actor for the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA).
El Eco or ‘the Echo’ stands as an apt title for Marcos’ first one man show – themes of sorrow, difficulty and passion transition from Hernandez’ hundred-year-old works into the deep colors and surreal forms of Marcos’ paintings.
His works for El Eco are described as a “portal into the historical and personal, breaching the realm of the modern, its colors, shadows and linear squiggles resonating with the written work of one of the most renowned figures of Spanish literature.”
The exhibit opened with welcoming remarks from Instituto Cervantes de Manila director Jose Rodriguez, who said that the Institute and Galerie Anna, through the exhibit, shared the common goal of promoting the richness of Spanish language and culture.
In the spirit of the intersection of art and literature, one of Hernandez’s poems, ‘Last Song’ was read thrice – in Spanish by Instituto Cervantes student Enzo Dator, in English by art critic and writer Cid Reyes and in Filipino by the institute's Ito Rivera.
Among the guests of honor were Spanish Ambassador Luis Arias-Romero, Galerie Anna owner Atty. Leonidas David, and University of the Philippines president Dr. Emerlinda Roman.
The exhibit will run until May 21.