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.