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Friday, 25th October - Saturday, 16th NovemberManolo Valdés, Works from 2006-2019 exhibition


Opera Gallery are delighted to announce a new exhibition by the acclaimed Spanish pop art pioneer Manolo Valdés at their New Bond Street gallery in London on 25 October – 15 November. The exhibition will showcase 30 works, spanning between 2006 and 2019, ranging from sculpture to painting with a spotlight on the artist’s masterful craftmanship.

Valdés’ flair for playful and tactile aesthetics have made him one of the most sought-after artists for monumental public installations around the world, with works at Place Vendrôme in Paris, Park Avenue in New York and Chateau de Chambord in the Loire Valley. Valdés’ works are included in some of the most prestigious collections and museums around the world including Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Guggenheim Bilbao in Spain, and the de Young Museum in San Francisco and in 1999 Valdes represented Spain at the 48th Venice Biennale. Valdés’ works are sold for record breaking prices and in June 2019, Christie’s auctioned off his mixed media work Matisse como Pretexto con Ocre y Espejo for £431,250 – over three times the estimated price of £120,000.

Arguably one of the most significant contemporary artists living and working in Spain, Manolo Valdés has a longstanding career as one of the most influential creative forces in his home country. Valdés was one of the founding members of Spanish pop art movement Equipo Cronica (1964-81) that distinctively illustrated the horrors of Francoist Spain and used their art to rebel against the fascist state. Celebrating its 55th anniversary this year, the Equipo Cronica movement introduced a whole new visual expression that combined social and political ideas with humour and irony, with Valdés central to of the most visionary chapters in modern Spanish art history. Using a figurative style that was informed by press photographs and comics from 1960s and 1980s, as well as art historical symbolism of Spanish masters like Diego Velasquez and Pablo Picasso, Valdés and his collective chronicled the political turbulence in their native land by using the aesthetics of pop art as a vehicle for combative political discussion as well as connecting the unsettling political present with other global events like Vietnam War.

Having reinvented his practice after the glory days of Equipo Cronica and left visual politics in the past, art historical imagery has remained core to Valdés’ art practice. Like a magpie, the Valencian artist has become famous for handpicking fragments of his favourite artworks and reframing these elements in a contemporary manner. At Opera Gallery, he will showcase a series of new unseen paintings amongst some of his most beloved motifs, like his ongoing Reina Mariana series that find its inspiration from Velasquez’ iconic portrait of the Queen Mariana of Austria. The exhibition will accentuate the artist’s masterful craftmanship through a versatile use of materials, including glass, alabaster, quartz, burlap, iron and bronze amongst others and will undoubtedly be one of London’s unmissable exhibitions of this Autumn.

The exhibition will also coincide with the final weeks of Valdés’ monumental public sculpture Butterflies (2013) located at the Berkeley Square in Mayfair erected as a part of Westminster City Council’s City of Sculpture initiative for public art. The monumental installation will be visible to public till the end of 30 October.

Opera Gallery London director Federica Beretta: We are thrilled to host Manolo’s new show at Opera Gallery London and showcase some of his new unseen works as a celebration of the gallery’s 25th anniversary this year. Manolo is one of the very first artists Opera Gallery acquired so it’s wonderful to be able to simultaneously celebrate the gallery’s anniversary and his spectacular career this Autumn.”

About the artist

Manolo Valdés (b. 1942) is one of Spain’s most famous living artists. He is known for his art historically inspired imagery and monumental installations. The artist takes his inspiration from old masters like Velasquez, Rembrandt and Goya and uses them as a pretext for creating a new aesthetic. Manolo Valdés’ works are included in several private and public collections around the world, including but not limited to Peggy Guggenheim collection in Venice, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.

About Opera Gallery

Founded by Gilles Dyan in 1994, Opera Gallery is one of the leading international dealers and representatives of Modern and Contemporary Art. Opera Gallery is established worldwide with galleries in locations including New York, Miami, Aspen, Paris, Monaco, Geneva, Zurich, Singapore, Hong Kong, Seoul, Beirut and Dubai. Opera Gallery offers museums, foundations and private international art collectors’ unique access to a diversity of Modern and Contemporary artists through an exciting programme of curated exhibitions and high-profile art fairs. Notable exhibitions include Pablo Picasso in Monaco, Marc Chagall in London, Jean Michel Basquiat & Andy Warhol in Geneva, Jean Dubuffet & Alexander Calder in Geneva and two major Manolo Valdés exhibitions in Paris and Singapore. http://www.operagallery.com/london/

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