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Juan Luna dominates Sotheby’s auction, invades fashion | INQUIRER

Juan Luna was the star of the 40th anniversary Sotheby’s auction in Hong Kong last Oct. 5.

The original “Old Master” of Philippine art was classified as a “Modern Master” in the Southeast Asian art auction by the British house, where a version of his famous “España y Filipinas” was sold for HK$25.88 million (US$3.3 million).

There are two other versions of the beautiful work, a Neoclassic masterpiece symbolizing the friendship between Spain and the Philippines, the best and most famous of which hangs at the Lopez Memorial Museum.

Luna is dominating not only auctions but fashion as well. On Oct. 11, right at the Lopez Museum itself, Freeway unveiled its fashion tribute to the painter.

The fashion retailer is known for its tributes to the country’s National Artists, among them poet José Garcia Villa, novelist F. Sionil José, painters Vicente Manansala, Ang Kiu-Kok and Botong Francisco, and lyricist Levi Celerio.

For the first time, Freeway Art is honoring not a National Artist but one who towers over all the artists of the 20th and 21st centuries—Juan Luna.

The event was held at the Lopez Museum & Library ( at Ortigas Center, Pasig City. It was tied up with the “Trajectories” exhibit (until Dec. 20) in the museum.

On display are major works of Luna, Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo, with masters of the contemporary period.

The tribute to Luna took the place of a fashion show displaying dresses inspired by works of the master artist, plus a panel discussion with art historian Santiago Pilar and museum curator Cedie Lopez-Vargas, emceed by Lexi Schultz.

Except for one male, all the models were female who sashayed around on a red carpet with white blocks for elevation. The clothes ranged from casual to corporate and cocktail, and the fabric knits, stretch poplins and stretch soft georgettes.

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