Bringing Philippine Artistry to Life: 20 Years Of Showcasing The Best Of Contemporary Filipino Art - Arts & Culture

This gallery has been at the forefront of Philippine visual art since it opened in 2002.

Galerie Joaquin shares that for two decades now, they have” taken pride in bringing its clientele the best of Filipino modern and contemporary art—from the works of established and top-notch masters to some of today’s most exciting contemporary visual artists.”

The gallery adds that this “a milestone built on a legacy of exhibitions and projects that have sought to create greater appreciation by the community of outstanding and inspiring Filipino modern and contemporary art.” 

The brand continues, “This feat is an embodiment of not only the gallery’s twenty-year long presence in the art industry, but also a commemoration of the patronage and relations built with partner galleries, artists, art aficionados, and patrons along the way. It is a celebration of the robust growth of Galerie Joaquin, which has run parallel to the progression of the Philippine art scene.”

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Through various challenges, Galerie Joaquin Group was determined to pave this path of sharing art and introducing artists to the public, from its “modest branch at Podium mall in 2005, to new locations in various parts of the Metropolis–and in September 2021—despite the unfavorable circumstances brought about by the pandemic—the group opened a sister gallery in Davao City’s upmarket location at the Azuela Cove.” 

According to a press statement by the gallery: “Most recently, Galerie Joaquin celebrated its successful expansion of branches advantageously situated in Ayala Malls’ One Bonifacio High Street in BGC and in Rockwell’s prestigious Power Plant Mall. Through its vision of transforming spaces into dynamic platforms where audiences can gather and celebrate creativity, learn about, and interact with visionaries and artists, Galerie Joaquin remains one of the foremost places to convene, discover, and forge relationships through art.”

Furthermore, through the “unified involvement and shared engagements with sister galleries such as the Galerie Francesca Group, Galerie Stephanie Group, and Galerie Raphael Group, along with interlocking arrangements with museum institutions and publications including Fundacion Sansó and Art+ Magazine, as well as the well received MoCAF or the Modern and Contemporary Art Festival, the gallery has not only reinforced its pivotal position in the industry and has continued its unique role of bridging art to other creative industries and beyond as well as continuously playing a galvanizing role in the country’s ever-evolving cultural transformation.”

As the first Filipino art gallery to open in Singapore, Galerie Joaquin “offered homegrown talents the exclusive chance to experience the global spotlight. By December of 2006, in partnership with British investors, Galerie Joaquin opened its doors to a broader Southeast Asian market through its prestigious space along the vibrant scene at Cuscaden Road, at The Regent of Singapore.”

The gallery also shared that In 2004 and 2005, “Sotheby’s conducted its VIP preview of Southeast Asian Modern and Contemporary Art at the gallery’s main branch in San Juan while project integrations with other prominent auction houses include Borobudur, Masterpiece, and Larasati, marking a great achievement for the organization and to the people responsible for its cultivation over the years.”

In addition, the gallery emphasizes that it has “served as host to some of the most significant one-man exhibitions of modernist masters. Art icons such as National Artists Federico Aguilar Alcuaz, Abdul Mari Imao, and Arturo Luz, as well as Presidential Medal of Merit Awardees Juvenal Sanso and Ramon Orlina accomplished to display their respective inspired oeuvres. Galerie Joaquin’s acknowledged presence is emphasized by the influential artistic voices it represents, reflecting the pillars of excellence that have endured for twenty years.”

Galerie Joaquin concludes that “as part of its mission of showcasing Filipino art to international shores, the gallery has succeeded in entering diverse art fairs held in metropolitan capitals including Beijing, Taipei, Seoul, Singapore, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Tokyo, Japan, New York, and Frankfurt. Through its unified creative vision with one of its sister galleries, Galerie Joaquin became instrumental in introducing foreign artistry to the local art scene by bringing in Indonesian, Japanese, Italian, Canadian, Spanish, American, and Syrian artists to exhibit their works in the Philippines.”

Photos from Galerie Joaquin via Instagram @galleryjoaquin.

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