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Celebration of 100 years Death Anniversary of Dr. José Rizal

Rizal Artworks by Roberto Lavides

December 1996 – Celebration of 100 years Death Anniversary of Dr. José Rizal

Magkaisa draws on its rich German-Filipino heritage of resilience, strength and dependability and is honored to provide insights of the relation between Germany and the Philippines during the time of the National Hero of the Philippines, Dr. José Rizal.

This time we take a closer look at the artwork prepared by the Filipino Artists Roberto Lavides for the celebration of the100 years José Rizal Death Anniversary in 1996 in Heidelberg.

In 1997 those artworks were transferred by the then Honorary Consul in Stuttgart to the Völkerkundemuseum in Heidelberg. In 2007 the Director of the Museum asked Artcollector and Rizalist Mr. Klaus W. Hartung to take over those 20 artworks, the agreement was signed in 2007 as enclosed.

The collector has been in the heart of the German-Filipino cultural and art scene for a quarter of century, following the footsteps of the National Hero of the Philippines Dr. José Rizal and promoting Philippine art in Europe and in the Philippines.


Roberto Lavidez is an artist activist whose incessant interest in the life and works of Dr. Jose Rizal bespeaks in most of his artworks and writings. His Rizaliana series became the centrepiece of his personal projects namely “Requiem for Rizal”, “Birth of Freedom”, “Noli Me Tangere", “Centennial Art Tour”, and “Homage to Rizal”, all of which have successfully toured internationally in North America, Europe and Asia from 1996 to 2000.

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