Installation art pioneer at the CCP

Alan Rivera.

The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) presents its last venue grant exhibition for 2018 entitled “CONTINUUM/The art of Alan Rivera/A reconstruction of memories.” Unveiled on 17 November at the fourth-floor galleries, it is the first retrospective exhibition of the late artist.

His works were shown in exhibitions in the Philippines, Australia, Indonesia, Japan and the United States.

Most of Rivera’s works are installations — conceptual, time- and space-related — thus, in effect, they are theories and philosophies culled from his psycho-socio-cultural past that he struggled to externalize and elevate into artforms for most of his lifetime.

Alan Rivera (1941 to 2015) was born in Cebu City. He studied at the University of the Philippines, architecture at the University of Santo Tomas and industrial design in Mapua.

Rivera joined his first group exhibition in 1966 and had his first solo exhibition at the CCP Small Gallery in 1972. Other solo exhibitions followed at Luz Gallery, Alliance Francaise Manila, the Northern Territory University Art Gallery (Australia), the Ayala Museum, the Museo Iloilo Gallery and The Drawing Room, among others. His works were shown in exhibitions in the Philippines, Australia, Indonesia, Japan and the United States. He was also known as a co-founder of the informal artist group Shop 6 in the 1970s.

Commendation of Rivera’s practice include the CCP 13 Artists in 1972, an Asian Cultural Council grant in 1994-1995, the Art Association of the Philippines Competition in 2000 and residencies in the Samba Likhaan Artist’s Village in Quezon City and in Perth and Darwin, Australia. Rivera was a multi-faceted artist who expressed himself through drawing, painting, sculpture, collage, installation, performance, writing, photography and film.

“CONTINUUM/The art of Alan Rivera/A reconstruction of memories” may be viewed until 3 February 2019 at the CCP’s Bulwagang Fernando Amorsolo (Small Gallery), Pasilyo Victorio Edades (fourth floor Hallway Gallery) and fourth floor Atrium. Viewing hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday to Sunday, or until 10 p.m. on nights with evening performances at the CCP Little Theater. For more information, contact the CCP Visual Arts and Museum Division at 832-1125 local 1504/1505, mobile 0917-6033809, or email (

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