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More Than 150 Masterpieces to Go Under the Gavel at Leon Gallery

Joya's 'Space Transfiguration' fetched a record sale of P112 million at the same auction in 2018.
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The Asian Cultural Council Philippines (ACCP) Foundation will celebrate its 20th anniversary with the ACC Art Auction on February 22, 2020 at Leon Gallery. Two years ago, the same auction made history when National Artist Jose Joya’s iconic "Space Transfiguration" (1959) fetched a record sale of P112 million.

The event will feature an array of impressive works topped by the 1930 Fabian Dela Rosa painting in oil, "Dos Hermanas," a gift he bestowed to Rafael Palma, a journalist, patriot, and former president of the University of the Philippines. Ang Kiukok’s 2001 still life (window series) oil piece is also expected to draw stiff competition at the auction.

"Dos Hermanas" (Two Sisters) by Fabian Dela Rosa, 1930

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Still Life (Window Series) by Ang Kiukok, 2001

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Mother and Child by Jose Joya, 1993 (50cm x 32cm pastel on paper, signed and dated)

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"Prelude to Violence" by Jose Joya, 1972 (122cm x 81cm oil on wood, signed and dated)

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"Susurro del Mar" (Whisper of the Sea) by Jose Joya, 1961 (46cm x 61cm oil on wood, signed and dated)

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Refectory Table

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Other works by National Artists, modern masters, and contemporary masters such as Hidalgo, Manansala, Malang, Bencab, Sanso, Lao Lianben, and Joya are also part of the more than 150 pieces that are up for bidding.

Also included are items of historical significance, finest antiques, distinct furniture pieces, and other impeccably rare and sought-after objets d’art.

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The ACC Art Auction 2020 is the sixth collaboration of ACCP and Leon Gallery. As chairman Ernest L. Escaler and president Maribel Ongpin affirm, “it is a partnership that has grown formidable with the shared aim of promoting Filipino artists.”

The ACC Art Auction starts at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 22, 2020, at Leon Gallery, Eurovilla 1, Rufino corner Legazpi Streets, Legazpi Village, Makati City. Its special preview week opens on February 15, 2020. leon-gallery.com 

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