Marcos Backs Protests Against Controversial Philippine Exhibit

Posted August 8th, 2011 at 7:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Former Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos has added her voice to a growing protest against an art exhibit in Manila, which combines religious images with phallic symbols.

Mrs. Marcos said Monday that the works by about 30 contemporary artists, exhibited at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, desecrate spiritual symbols of the Catholics.

The widow of former President Ferdinand Marcos is one of the country's main art patrons. She helped establish the cultural center in the 1970's while her husband was in power.

She said she was shocked by the exhibit and has asked the organizers to take it down.

The exhibition includes works by contemporary Filipino artist Mideo Cruz. Among them are a cross with a model penis hanging from it and an image of Jesus with the ears of Mickey Mouse.

Organizers insist the exhibit is in line with the center's mission to cultivate artistic expression.

But the art show has provoked outrage in the predominantly Catholic nation. Roman Catholic leaders have demanded that it be dismantled.