In 2014, León Gallery organized the landmark exhibition, The Jim and Reed Pfeufer Collection: A Four-Decade Friendship with Fernando Zóbel. Featuring 73 works, the show was a look into the mind and artistic process of the maestro, Fernando Zóbel, as seen through sketches, private correspondence, and significant works amassed by his close friends, Reed Champion of the Boston School and her husband, Jim Pfeufer.
In February 2016, León Gallery assembled the largest collection of works to be seen in the Philippines by an outstanding Philippine artist living in the United States. Alfonso Ossorio was a Filipino by birth, confidante of Jackson Pollock, and an influential member of the New York School of Abstract Expressionism. Entitled Afflictions of Glory: Alfonso Ossorio, it was also the first-ever exhibit of Ossorio works in the country and commemorated his 100th birth year.
This was followed by another milestone in June 2016: Filipinos in the Gilded Age: An Exhibition of Important Ivory, Furniture, and Paintings that assembled an astounding number of works from the turn of the century, including several recently repatriated masterpieces.
León Gallery led the way in the field of bringing the concept of ‘curated auctions’ to the country, with Two Navels. Inspired by the seminal work of Philippine National Artist for Literature Nick Joaquin, it sought to continue the dialogue on the question of Filipino identity. Opened in August 2016, it celebrated the eve of Joaquin’s 100th birth year.
As its first exhibition for 2017, León Gallery was privileged to present an iconic art collection with Trove : The Coseteng Collection, The Life and Art of Hernando R. Ocampo, 1945 to 1978. Seventy-four stunning canvases, watercolors and works on paper — many of which had never been seen in public — told the magnificent story of this legendary Neo-Expressionist.
Next, León Gallery partnered with the Asian Cultural Council (ACC) to mount The World Is Too Much With Us : José Joya for Art Fair Philippines in February 2017. Joya was the first Filipino grantee of the Asian Cultural Council, then known as the Ford Foundation.
The following month, León Gallery went on to present The Sons Return, an exhibit of two Filipino ex-patriate artists who would become two of our most beloved National Artists: Benedicto Reyes Cabrera, more popularly known as BenCab, and Federico Aguilar Alcuaz.
This special exhibition would be expanded and travel to Silliman University in Dumaguete in 2019.
In August 2017, the Gallery staged the landmark exhibition titled ‘Mid-Century Moderns: Important Modernist Painting from the Philippine Art Gallery,’ which was the first to focus on the iconic institution in more than three decades. The PAG was the country’s first-ever gallery to focus entirely on abstract art, and was established in 1952. Its roster featured the Philippines’ first non-objective artists and the legendary ‘Neo-Realists’ who sought to express the new reality after World War II : H.R. Ocampo, Vicente S. Manansala, Cesar F. Legaspi, Romeo V. Tabuena, Victor Oteyza, and Ramon A. Estella.
The León Gallery next organized Elsewhere : 100 Years of Filipino Artists Abroad, featuring Miguel Zaragoza, Fabian de la Rosa, Nena Saguil, Macario Vitalis, Cesar F. Legaspi, Napoleon Abueva, among others.
In October 2018, León Gallery presented Nam June Paik in Manila the first Philippine exhibition of works by the Korean-American ‘father of video art’ at its newest premises, León Gallery International. It was in collaboration with Gagosian Gallery which has represented the Nam June Paik estate since 2015. Nam June Paik (1932 - 2006) was a visionary artist who foresaw the influence of the television screen and the internet not only on art but on the world at large. He quickly and presciently grasped that advances in consumer technology were not fleeting oddities but would have a lasting impact on culture and politics. Nam June Paik in Manila feature 24 pieces from 1983 to 2005, including several iconic objects that blur the lines between art and technology, the past and the future, philosophy, fame, and commercialism.
At the Art Fair Philippines 2019 the exhibition in the spotlight was the powerful yet playful Color Theory. Featured artists were : Roberto Chabet and Nam June Paik (both Ford Foundation / ACC Grantees); Carlos Cruz-Diez; Yves Klein; Yayoi Kusama; Alfonso Ossorio; Leo Valledor; and Fernando Zóbel. It was only in the 20th century that color came truly into its own as a recognized part of art practice. Thus, the exhibition presented artists from both the Philippines and abroad whose works have been characterized by the eloquent use of color.
Most recently in 2020, León Gallery presented “Leo Valledor : The Outsider of Park Place” at Art Fair Philippines. A pioneer of the minimalist art movement, Valledor was also an important figure in the New York art scene of the 1960s that created the free-wheeling, multi-media Soho art scene. He drew from his formative years not just in Kerouac’s San Francisco but also the communal charateristics of his Filipino background.