Do you want to have Andres Bonifacio’s anting-anting?

Leon Gallery's latest auction, Two Navels, is on September 10.

“Quiapo” by Elmer Borlongan


( Leon Gallery's latest auction is titled Two Navels, its name taken from the seminal work of National Artist Nick Joaquin, The Woman Who Had Two Navels. Much like the collection of works, the novel symbolizes the dilemmas that continue to torment Filipino artists, from recognizing one's identity to emphasizing patriotism. "The identity of the Filipino today is of a person asking what is his identity," Joaquin once said.




"Twins" by Benedicto Cabrera



"Huling Paalam" by Alfredo Esquillo


From this internal conflict, curators Ramon N. Villegas and Lisa Guerrero Nakpil put together important works by Filipino artists across history. Two Navels features works by Madrid-educated Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo, Fernando Amorsolo, and Federico Aguilar Alcuaz; and homegrown maestros Carlos “Botong” Francisco, Hernando R. Ocampo, and Ang KiuKok. Also included are works of art by mid-20th Century artists like Arturo Luz, Fernando Zóbel, Jerry Navarro, Elmer Borlongan, and Benedicto “BenCab” Cabrera.




“Mangangalakal” by Vicente Manansala



“Pancorbo con Reflejos” by Fernando Zobel


A number of important and highly coveted pieces are also part of the auction, like Onib Olmedo's "La Demoiselle de Manille," which is an homage to Picasso's "Les Demoiselles d’Avignon," and Geraldine Javier's "Daydream" and "What Remains."



“High, Over Nagano” by Jerry Elizalde Navarro



There are also historical treasures that would be interesting to add to your collection: Andres Bonifacio's talisman, Jose Rizal's report cards from Ateneo de Municipal, a never-before-seen German translation of Rizal's Noli Me Tangere titled Land of the Monks, and architectural plans for the 1886 renovation of the Malacañan Palace.


Two Navels is on exhibit until September 9 while the auction is on September 10, 2 p.m. at Leon Gallery, G/F Eurovilla 1, Rufino corner Legazpi Streets, Legazpi Village, Makati City. For more information, visit Leon Gallery's website


All photos courtesy of Leon Gallery. Main image from GMA News Online.

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