Dutch bank marks 25th year in PH with unique art auction

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??Filipino visual artist Salvador Alonday features the “klompen” or Dutch wooden shoes in this stoneware sculpture titled ‘What The Tide Brought In’ for auction at ING Bank’s 25th anniversary

??Filipino visual artist Salvador Alonday features the “klompen” or Dutch wooden shoes in this stoneware sculpture titled ‘What The Tide Brought In’ for auction at ING Bank’s 25th anniversary

Paying homage to its Dutch roots and at the same time showcasing Filipino artistry, ING Bank will hold a one-of-a-kind charity art auction on September 16 to mark its 25thanniversary celebration in the Philippines.

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Up for grabs at the by-invitation-only Klomp/Art live auction are over 25 works of Filipino visual artists using klompen or Dutch wooden shoes, which “traveled” all the way from the Netherlands and were donated by ING’s headquarters in Amsterdam to support the Manila office’s corporate social responsibility initiative. The auction will be part of the program at ING Bank Manila’s anniversary celebration with its clients at the anniversary celebration.

The Dutch financial institution has partnered with Christie’s, the world’s largest auction house; Makati-based Tin-aw Art Gallery; and various Filipino contemporary visual artists to raise funds for the ING Foundation’s scholarship program. The program sends deserving students from impoverished backgrounds to high school, college, or post-high school (i.e., technological-vocational schools) on scholarships, covering tuition, miscellaneous school fees, textbooks and allowances.

“The klompen artworks are a fitting contribution from some of the country’s strongest voices in the arts. They also symbolize how ING, as a global financial organization with Dutch roots, has been empowering people to ‘Stay a Step Ahead in Life and in Business’, which also happens to be our 25thanniversary theme,” said ING Bank Country Manager Consuelo Garcia.

Art is also embedded in ING’s corporate DNA: its 550 offices worldwide feature 10,000 works of art enjoyed by its 52,000 employees. For more than 40 years, ING Bank has collected international and contemporary art by both established and up-and-coming artists in a great variety of disciplines, which is overseen by ING’s global Art Management department in cooperation withlocal curators in Belgium, the Netherlands, Poland, and the United Kingdom.

Adding meaning to ING’s Klomp/Art auction are the participation of both seasoned and young contemporary Filipino visual artists. They are: AmbieAbano, Leo Abaya, Gus Albor, Salvador Joel Alonday, Carlo Aranton, Plet Bolipata, Charlie Co, Renato Barja, ZeanCabangis, Michael Cacnio, Jonathan Ching, Francis Commeyne, Melvin Culaba, Daniel dela Cruz, Cian Dayrit, Antipas Delotavo, Alee Garibay, Emmanuel Garibay, Riel Hilario, Winner Jumalon, Christina Ling Quisumbing, JojoLofranco, FerdieMontemayor, Lee Paje, Alwin Reamillo, Ioannis Sicuya, and Clairelynn Uy.

Part of the proceeds from their artwork will be donated to the ING Foundation scholarship program.

“Through the art auction, our clients will also be given the opportunity to help sustain ING’s educational assistance to our ING Learning Center scholars so that they can be better equipped to find employment and improve their lives. We are truly grateful for the kind generosity of all the artists who helped make our unique art auction a reality, and for the support of our partners Christie’s and Tin-aw Art Gallery,” concluded Garcia.

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