7 Things to get most excited about at the ACC Art Auction 20th Anniversary with Leon Gallery Benefit Arts Auction this February

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7 Things to get most excited about at the ACC Art Auction 20th Anniversary with Leon Gallery Benefit Arts Auction this February

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The Asian Cultural Council Philippines (ACCP) Foundation opens its 20th anniversary celebration this year with the ACC Art Auction on February 22, 2020 at Leon Gallery.

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.” Immensely grateful of the invaluable and generous contributions by Leon Gallery and private benefactors through the years, the ACCP is ever more ardent in its mission, shared across the ACC offices in New York, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Tokyo.

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An important endeavor that solidly bonds ACCP and Jaime De Leon of the premiere auction house Leon Gallery, the event is expected to feature an array of impressive works topped by known artists.

Here are the 7 things to get most excited about at the ACC Art Auction 2020:


1930 Fabian Dela Rosa painting in oil “Dos Hermanas” (Two Sisters),” a gift of fabled artist Fabian de la Rosa to Rafael Palma, journalist, patriot, and President of the University of the Philippines.


Ang Kiukok’s 2001 oil piece “Still Life (Window Series)”.


Fishermen, signed and dated 1959, oil on canvas , 30” x 40” (76 cm x 99 cm)  (PhP 6,000,000)


National Artist and first ACC Grantee for visual arts Jose Joya, are also featured as part of the more than 150 pieces that are up for bidding. In the same auction two years ago, it was Joya’s iconic “Space Transfiguration” (1959) that fetched a record-sale.

In this oeuvre entitled “Prelude to Violence” Jose Joya inspires through the bare essence of color and form. Here, his space and color alludes towards a powerful yet directed sense of emotion. It is this striking combination that gives his work an ominous yet engaging aesthetic.

OTHER WORKS by modern and contemporary masters such as Hidalgo, Manansala, Malang, Bencab, Sanso, Lao Lianben, Juanito Torres among others.

Juanito Torres has gained the attention of the art scene with his parallelisms of history and contemporary life as a way of generating new narrative trajectories. He is an alumnus of the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts and a finalist of the Metrobank Foundation Painting Competition in 2005.

Also included are items of historical significance, finest antiques, distinct furniture pieces and other objets‘d art that are impeccably rare and sought after such as:

Refectory Table in Dinemonyo Style ca 1600 (Php 700,000)

From an Augustinian Church in Eastern Pampanga and from thence to an important private collection acquired by a distinguished collector in 1984 from an old Pampanga family who have owned it since the 1863 earthquake.

Tortoise Shell and Silver Cofre ca 1700s (PhP 300,000)

A magnificent 1700s tortoiseshell and silver box of exquisite workmanship and emblazoned with a crowned double-headed eagle from a fabled Franciscan Church in Laguna.

For more, you can view the E-Catalogue  HERE


A fulfilling journey of engaging and supporting creative stalwarts and young brilliant talents under its grants fold, the role of ACC has never been more crucial and vital.  It paves opportunities for creative explorations, personal empowerment, and essential cultural connections. ACC remains relevant in providing a distinct grants program that advances international dialogue, understanding, and respect through meaningful cultural exchange anywhere in the United States and Asia.


At the most opportune time, the Philippine Fellowship Program continues to make a marked difference in the lives of a growing list of Filipino artists, scholars, art professionals and institutions.  To date, over 300 individuals– experts, leading contemporary and young emerging artists in theater, music, dance, literature, architecture, and other allied arts, including institutions and organizations, make up the prolific grantees list. It is bannered by National Artists Lucresia Kasilag, Jose Maceda, Francisco Feliciano and Ramon Santos for Music; Jose Joya for Visual Arts, Alice Reyes for dance and Kidlat Tahimik for Film; and institutions such as the Asian Composers League, Ballet Philippines, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Museo Pambata, National Museum, and UP Ethnomusicology, to name a few.


Recipients of the ACC Phil. Fellowship Program for 2019 are the following:


Project grant support for a two-week lighting design master class by American expert Jennifer Tipton for lighting designers from the region and Southeast Asia;


Graduate Scholarship support for a master’s degree program majoring in percussion performance at the Jacob’s School of Music, Indiana;


Fellowship support to participate in contemporary theater workshops and multicultural theater collaboration in New York City;


Project Grant to support representatives Gail Vicente and MM Yu from the Roberto Chabet Archive to observe conservation and collections management practices in the United States;


Fellowship support to participate in the 2020 International Choreographers Residency Program at the American Dance Festival and engage with contemporary movement practice in New York City;


Graduate Scholarship support for a master’s degree program in art writing at the School of Visual Arts, New York

 Online application period for the annual ACC Fellowship starts September 1 until November 1 via www.asianculturalcouncil.org

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