Sanso: Pioneer of Expressionism

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Sanso: Pioneer of Expressionism


Fresh from the triumph of his landmark exhibit at the Mandarin Suites, JUVENAL SANSO is once again digging deep into his treasure trove to take art aficionados a step back in time as he bares another facet of his long and illustrious career.As part of a series of exhibits and exhibitions in celebration of Sanso’s 80th year, Galerie Joaquin, the leading provider of Philippine modern art masterpieces in Manila and Singapore in cooperation with SM Megamall, will be presenting a different exhibit showcasing 80 never-before exhibited artworks from the internationally renowned artist on December 4, 6:30 pm at The Art Center, 4th floor, Building A, Megamall.Billed as “SANSO: Pioneer of Expressionism” the exhibit will run until December 16. As part of the festivities, three artworks from the master will be raffled off to the evening’s guests on the opening day.The exhibit will take art lovers back to that phase in his career in the late 1940s and early 1950s when he pioneered expressionism in the Philippines, sowing the seeds for a whole generation of Filipino expressionists.Among the never before exhibited works are paintings done after World War II when like many of his generation, the young Sanso carried with him the anguish and deep scars of war.As art critic Reuben Canete says these works were “borne out of the pain and horror that (Sanso) experienced during the Liberation of Manila in February 1945… early works from 1947 to 1956 convulsed with the anguish and alienation felt by many Filipinos as we lost loved ones and rebuilt from the ashes of devastation, clearing ruins, and burying memories of that horrible event deep inside our collective subsconscious.

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