Jose Tence Ruiz: From social realism to the Venice Biennale


Posted on 12:52 PM, February 05, 2015

By Jasmine Agnes T. Cruz, Reporter

JOSE TENCE RUIZ is tasked with a near-impossible feat — to finish huge sculptures for the Venice Biennale in just a few months when other artists around the globe are given two years’ notice. The Venice Biennale is the international exhibition known as the Olympics of art. Though the Philippines’ bureaucratic hullabaloo had led to as-yet-to-be-explained delays in the process of selecting the country’s representatives, there is collective relief that the Philippines is returning to Venice after an absence of 50 years.

The Philippine exhibit is entitled Tie A String Around the World. This show curated by Patrick Flores will feature Manuel Conde’s 1950 film Genghis Khan, a multichannel video by Mariano Montelibano III, and the artworks of Mr.

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