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Galleria Duemila Inc.

Galleria Duemila Inc.

Galleria Duemila Inc.

Galleria Duemila was established in 1975 by Italian-born Silvana Ancellotti-Diaz. Today it is the longest running commercial gallery in the Philippines and maintains a strong international profile. With the vision to expose Filipino artists locally and within the ASEAN region, Galleria Duemila specializes in contemporary paintings, sculptures, works on paper and installations, as well as rare secondary-market stock by modern Filipino masters. It handles rare works by modern masters of the early 20th century, including Fernando Amorsolo, Fernando Zobel, H.R. Ocampo, Vicente Manansala, Jose Joya and Cesar Legaspi and showcases local and foreign artists from the current generation. This mix of established and emerging artists presents a dynamic program of monthly art exhibitions complimented by performances, readings and musical events in its custom-built gallery in Pasay City, Manila.


Apart from these endeavors, Galleria Duemila significantly devotes much of its resources in the advocacy of art historical research and scholarship with the publication of the books ?Yuta: Earthworks by Julie Lluch?, ?Diosdado Magno Lorenzo: Art Rebel to Legend? and Messenger of the Gods: A Duddley Diaz Retrospective (Tentative Title) among others. Galleria Duemila also takes pride for being the only local gallery to do in depth research in order to mount Artists? Retrospective Exhibitions namely that of ?Julie Lluch?s? at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) in 2008 and that of ?Duddley Diaz?? at the Jorge B. Vargas Museum (UPVM) in 2009. Equally important projects include artist Pacita Abad?s ?Circles in my Mind? Exhibition in 2004 at the CCP and a collaborative work with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and the UST Museum for the documentation and exhibition of ?L?orto dei Marni: Francesco Riccardo Monti Scultore 1888-1958? in 2005.


Working closely with the foremost private and corporate collectors of Philippine art here and abroad, the gallery also maintains close ties with museums throughout Asia, Australia, Europe and the United States. It has sold artworks to museums such as the Singapore Art Museum and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts in Manila and has engaged in collaborative work with the Metropolitan Museum. Corporate collectors acquiring art from the gallery include ABS-CBN, Bank of Tokyo, Bank of Philippine Islands and San Miguel Properties. Works of art have also been placed in a number of internationally recognized hotels, such as the Pacific Star Hotel in Guam, The Manila Hotel, The Hotel Intercontinental, and the Shangrila Hotels in Makati and Davao City to name a few.


Main Gallery/Offices

210 Loring Street
1300 Pasay City
Metro Manila, Philippines


Gallery Hours:
Tuesday to Saturday: 10:00am - 6:00pm

3D exhibitions

  • Galleria Duemila Inc.

    #exposedt

    08 Oct 2021 – 08 Nov 2021

    #exposedt In an age of alternative facts, fake news and malleable truths, artists gravitate toward truth, beauty, the poetry of constancy and endlessness. One of their go-to subjects is the nude figure in all its imperfect poignancy, what writer Nick Hilden characterizes as “both beautiful and grotesque, innocent and sexualized, free and controlled.” And artists salivate in investigating, exploring those mysterious rainbows in between, the country of the indefinable. In some cases, the artist obliterates the identity or the personality of the sitter to focus on the pureness of form of the nude figure—eternal in its chosen pose, the anatomy of changelessness. But during these interesting times, many changes are afoot. People are metamorphosing away from their assigned gender identities and roles, shaking away the cultural expectations assigned by society or practically those who hold power. Constructs are crumbling in our era. Old, dusty beliefs are giving way to new and shiny faiths. The hitherto unchangeable nude figure is rebelling against rigidity, embracing a liberating dynamism, transforming into, well, what it authentically is. In this regard, truth may not be malleable, but it can be fluid, becomes a more inclusive truth over time. This is the mindset behind Galleria Duemila’s “#exposedt” exhibition, which opens today and is on view until Nov. 8, 2021. With this show, Galleria Duemila not only wants to “feature the masterful artworks that depict the metamorphosis of the human body by the country’s top artists, but also to create a call to awareness of the rigid gender roles that are socially expected. How people are pressured to act, speak, dress and to conduct themselves based upon their assigned sex and, therefore, assumed gender identity.” There is a tinge of irony in the title of the exhibition. The hashtag “#exposedt” is cited on social media when nudes or other bits of embarrassing personal information are leaked online (another factoid of our engrossing era). But the nude paintings and drawings of the artists curated for the show do not so much expose as tease the viewer with graceful ambivalence and ambiguity, and, in certain cases, inadvertent androgyny. There lies the grandeur in the works of BenCab, Cesar Legaspi, Duddley Diaz, H.R. Ocampo, Helmuth Zotter Da Lavant, Jose Joya, Justin Nuyda, Lee Aguinaldo, Mauro “Malang” Santos, Onib Olmedo, Ramon Diaz, Rodolfo Samonte and Romulo Galicano which were specifically chosen to spark conversations about the issue of gender identity. These artists were simply meditating on and ruminating upon the human body in all its electric, wondrously irregular shapes and forms, but in so doing, they were unintentionally foreshadowing the discussions of the future about identity (not just in terms of gender but in a more philosophical, psychological manner), who gets to identify whom and how. BenCab’s piece, characterized by nudes and squiggles, depicts a harmonic tangle of bodies. A piece by Cesar Legaspi shows a shadowy nude; another is more abstract with figures disappearing into an angular world. Duddley Diaz’s subjects are masked, ceremonial, stripped of clothes and conventions. H.R. Ocampo’s pieces are all about lines and ambivalence. Helmuth Zotter Da Lavant goes the surreal route with an erotic amputee. Jose Joya’s males show off their muscular backs but conceal the more revealing fronts. Same with Rodolfo Samonte’s. One of Justin Nuyda’s pieces shows the subject embracing a rainbow. Lee Aguinaldo’s piece depicts a balancing woman, while Malang’s shows a woman bending to her bodily limits—can be metaphors for our unsteady, strenuous times. Onib Olmedo’s expressionist pieces are grotesque and yet heroic in their nudity. Ramon Diaz meditates on the human body and the summation of its parts. And Romulo Galicano depicts a subject who revels in the totality of her incompleteness. For Galleria Duemila, “These works focus on the human body, exposing them online not only for the purpose of exhibition but also as a demonstration of the way that beauty can take multiple forms, captured and expressed by bodies stripped of the need to know or fix one’s gender.” What great artworks do, no matter the time of their creation, is amplify what our current fears and desires are, the thoughts tempestuously thrashing in our heads. Artist, in effect, exposes more about us the viewers than the stripped figures on canvas or paper. — IGAN D’BAYAN

    latest works

    • Ramon Diaz

      Shapes & Forms, 2000
      21.5 x 31.6 cm (h x w)
      Mixed media on paper
    • Ramon Diaz

      Contemplation I, 2011
      55.8 x 43.3 cm (h x w)
      Mixed media on paper
    • Ramon Diaz

      Untitled, 2013
      45.8 x 30.5 cm (h x w)
      Mixed media on paper
    • Ramon Diaz

      Shapes & Forms, 2000
      20.2 x 13.8 cm (h x w)
      Mixed media on paper
    • Ramon Diaz

      Shapes & Forms, 2000
      21.5 x 13.6 cm (h x w)
      Mixed media on paper
    • Ramon Diaz

      Shapes & Forms, 2000
      20 x 14 cm (h x w)
      Mixed media on paper
    • Ramon Diaz

      Shapes & Forms, 2000
      21.5 x 13 cm (h x w)
      Mixed media on paper
    • Duddley Diaz

      The Sacred Conversation, 1991
      47 x 33 cm (h x w)
      Mixed media on paper
    • Duddley Diaz

      Haliya with Maid and Messenger, 1990
      150 x 150 cm (h x w)
      Oil on canvas
    • Helmuth Zotter Da Lavant

      Jean d' Arch, 1996
      39.5 x 123.2 cm (h x w)
      old masters' technique, egg tempera underpainting, resin oil paint on traditional gesso sottile panel
    • N.A. Cesar Legaspi

      Untitled (Cat.# OOBPNS 9), undated
      8.5 x 11.5 cm (h x w)
      ballpen on paper
    • N.A. Cesar Legaspi

      Nude Woman, 1980
      55 x 37.5 cm (h x w)
      Charcoal on paper
    • Rodolfo Samonte

      Nude, circa 1974
      21.5 x 17 cm (h x w)
      pen and ink on paper
    • Malang Santos

      Untitled (Figure), 1972
      35.5 x 51 cm (h x w)
      ink on paper
    • Onib Olmedo

      Two Figures Waiting, 1992
      75.5 x 56 cm (h x w)
      Pastel on Felt Paper
    • Jose Joya

      Male Nude, 1974
      43 x 29 cm (h x w)
      PASTEL ON PAPER
    • Jose Joya

      Male Nude, 1974
      43 x 29 cm (h x w)
      PASTEL ON PAPER
    • Romulo Galicano

      Reclining Nude, 1988
      60.9 x 88.9 cm (h x w)
      Oil on canvas
    • Romulo Galicano

      Nude, 1985
      44.4 x 60.9 cm (h x w)
      Oil on Wood
    • N.A. BenCab

      Nude Studies 6 2/12, 2005
      32 x 42 inch (h x w)
      a-1 colour etching & aquatint on stpi handmade off-white abaca paper, printed from 1 copper plate
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