Ayala Museum, with the support of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, presents Images of Nation: F. V. Coching, Komiks at Kultura, a tribute to one of the most prolific figures in Filipino komiks’ golden age. The show, which kicks off the celebration of National Artist Francisco V. Coching’s 100th year, will be on view at the Ayala Museum Third Floor Galleries from October 30, 2018 to February 3, 2019.
A legend in the komiks industry, Francisco V. Coching (1919- 1998) is recognized as the Dean of Philippine Illustration having produced over 63 komiks titles with 51 film adaptations. Among his many komiks were Pedro Penduko, Sabas Ang Barbaro, and El Indio.
The exhibit Images of Nation: F. V. Coching, Komiks at Kultura will feature original plates of covers, first-issue spreads, character studies, illustrations and scaled, re-colored reproductions of his most popular works. The exhibit gives way to a behind the scenes look of Coching’s creative process, allowing viewers to grasp Coching’s vast imagination, commitment to details, and mastery of draftsmanship.
Coching’s narratives and imagined heroes during the 40s to the 60s became part of the aspirations and imagination of a young Philippine nation, freed from a colonial overseer and a devastating war. Coching, a master visual artist and storyteller, instilled in his readers a strength of spirit to cope and overcome the uncertainties of war and nation rebuilding.
Through his tales of heroism and triumph, Coching was also able to bring discussions on race and identity over to popular culture. His contributions to the komiks industry, to Philippine culture and popular consciousness, merited him the National Artist Award for Visual Arts, which was posthumously awarded in 2014.
F. V. Coching: Komiks at Kultura is presented under Ayala Museum’s Images of Nation exhibition program, developed to share the extraordinary vision and excellence embodied in the National Artist Award.
Images of Nation: F. V. Coching, Komiks at Kultura is on show at the Ayala Museum from October 30, 2018 to February 3, 2019.