27 APRIL – 4 JUNE 2021



The University of the Philippines Vargas Museum, in partnership with Galleria Duemila, and marble pieces sponsored by Teresa Marble Corporation, virtually opens the solo exhibition of Roberto M.A. Robles, Form | Kata Proto-type, at the 1F Galleries, outdoor West Porch, and Driveway.





Roberto M.A. Robles returns to the UP Vargas Museum with the exhibition Form | Kata Proto-type, a conceptual continuation of Tagalog at Taga-ilog mounted eight years past. Perceiving the metaphysical universe to be beyond the realm of figuration, Robles executes his minimalist post-sculptural forms in marble mined from the marble-rich mountains of Teresa, Rizal. The rough and unfinished metamorphic rock is hewn simply – into cubes, a cross, a cuboid, and escombro (debris) – belying the semiotic depth drawn out by Robles. Form | Kata Proto-type is a proposal of Tagalog identity, a dissection of form to reveal layers formed by periods of intense heat and pressure: primordial beginnings and migrations evidenced by petroglyphs, fossils, and oral mythology, colonial conquest and revolution, political unrest and radical cultural shifts, and the contemporary milieu. The exhibition is an invitation to formulate Filipino counter-narratives, casting off the cultural dominance of the current Euro-centric world.

Virtual Tour

Click here to watch the exhibition's virtual opening video.

Installation Photos

Click here to view the album of installation photos.