León Gallery opens another art-filled year to commemorate and celebrate the visionary artistry of Filipino talent  | Lifestyle.INQ

OCTOBER 27, 2022

León Gallery once again opens another art-filled year with its traditional annual partnership with The Asian Cultural Council to commemorate and celebrate the visionary artistry of Filipino talent. 

“There is much to be grateful for and many milestones to remember with our first major auction of the year—the much-awaited Asian Cultural Council Auction of 2024,” León Gallery Director Jaime Ponce de Leon says. 

ACC Philippines Chairman Ernest L. Escaler remarks that León Gallery and the Asian Cultural Council have, for the past nine years, produced nothing short of a fruitful and “wonderful partnership.”

“Filled with gratitude for the year that was, we recommence with greater optimism to move forward building a legacy that espouses the transformative power of the arts,” Escaler says. 

“As we aim to actualize ACC’s mission year after year, we seek the support of like-minded individuals and form alliances along the way to support our advocacy.”

“Foremost is our wonderful partnership with Jaime Ponce de Leon and Leon Gallery. Now on our 9th year of collaboration, we extend our deep admiration, respect, and sincere thanks to Jaime and his team for their dedication and tireless effort that makes our fundraising auction an anticipated and successful event,” Escaler concludes. 

In this opening salvo for 2024, we celebrate the birth anniversaries of three of our country’s modernist stalwarts: Fernando Zóbel’s 100th and the 110th of two of his closest friends, Anita Magsaysay-Ho and Nena Saguil. Anita is represented by a rare rendition of the iconic “Planting Rice,” while Saguil graces this sale with impeccable works representing her prolific career, starting with her beginnings at the Philippine Art Gallery to her artistry-defining experience as a painter of the École de Paris

The works of Jose Joya and Roberto Chabet, two former ACC grantees who share the distinction of being the first Filipino recipients in their respective fields (Joya for the Visual Arts and Chabet for Museology, both in 1967), are also equally the centerpieces of this auction. 

Of this magnificent full-circle moment, Ponce de Leon says: “The Asian Cultural Council Auction is always an occasion close to our hearts, not least of all because it brings to the forefront the abilities of our young Filipino artists. In the ACC’s honor, works by Jose Joya, their first-ever grantee for the visual arts, are among the highlights, as are important pieces from another ACC grantee, Roberto Chabet.”

The “sun and moon” of Filipino art, Juan Luna and Félix Resurrección Hidalgo, are also represented in this sale. Luna has three works that span important periods in his life: “Landscape in Bilbao,” “Ecce Homo,” and a lyrical work from his award-winning Roman period, titled “Idilio.”


León Gallery ACC Auction
Juan Luna
Ecce Homo (Behold the Man) or El Cristo de la Paciencia (The Christ of Patience)
Signed est year 1896-1897


Juan Luna
Landscape in Bilbao
Resurreccíon Hidalgo
Barcos de la Vela (Sailboats)
Dated 1908

The cherished troves of prominent Filipino collectors and stewards of the arts—Don Eugenio “Geny” Lopez, Romeo Jorge, and Assemblyman and Ambassador Pedro Conlu Hernaez are also featured.

A portion of the proceeds from this annual auction will help fund various ACC grants for Filipino and other Asian artists and arts-based practitioners. 

Ponce de Leon eagerly invites everyone to participate in this landmark sale for the greater benefit of our fellow talented Filipino and Asian artists who have always wanted to spread their creative wings and transcend beyond their artistic horizons by venturing to uncharted shores. “On behalf of Team Leon Gallery, allow me to invite you once again to enjoy, experience, and join this new adventure in Philippine art.”

Meanwhile, Escaler has only words of pure gratitude to everyone who has been a part of this incredible journey. “We also acknowledge the generous contribution of friends and patrons whose invaluable help and support through the years has been a source of encouragement and goodwill,” says Escaler. “Let this new year inspire us all with a renewed sense of purpose as we make each day better for everyone.”


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