MANOLO VALDÉS
MONUMENTALES ÉGÉRIES
Avenue George V - Paris
15 October 2020 - 15 January 2021
To celebrate the second edition of George V Monumental, an open air exhibition on the prestigious Parisian avenue organised by the Comité George V in partnership with Opera Gallery Paris, Manolo Valdés offers us a sculpture trail featuring ten monumental works, designed as an ode to matter and to the female portrait genre. The delicate but gigantic icons, with their various colours and textures dialogue perfectly with the Avenue's elegant sandstone Haussmann-style buildings. Whether it be his emblematic Meninas, a tribute to Velázquez, here in four different translucid colours reminiscent of precious stones or his giant feminine heads bearing majestic crowns of butterflies or foliage, these monumental muses enhance the enchantment of their surroundings.

Cabeza de Mariposas (Green patina), 2018
Bronze
447 x 460 x 259 cm - 176 x 181 x 102 in
Available

Ariela, 2011
Painted aluminium
305 x 294 x 150 cm - 120.1 x 116 x 59.1 in
Available

Triple Butterfly, 2019
Aluminium
310 x 338 x 203 cm - 122 x 133 x 80 in
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Fascinated by the properties of different materials, the artist gives them life in a unparalleled way. Aluminium, bronze, resin and stainless steel are shaped to perfection to redefine the portraiture of women. The exhibition, titled Manolo Valdés, Monumentales Égeries is a true ode to femininity. These stylised heads, adorned with crowns and headdresses are women, Muses. All seem caught in a moment of absolute serenity. Valdés' sculptures offer a very human, very humane and new apprehension of monumental sculpture. Here there is not a relationship of power, with the artwork towering over the viewer, but rather a conversation, an endless interaction between the sculpture, the viewer, and the environement.

Reina Mariana, 2019
Aluminium
279 x 216 x 168 cm - 110 x 58 x 66 in
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Mariposas, 2019
Aluminium
316 x 670 x 250 cm - 124.4 x 263.8 x 98.4 in
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Valdés interprets the History of Art, and pays tribute to the great Classical masters such as Velázquez, El Greco, Picasso, Matisse, Brancusi… His Contemporary pieces are a bridge between History and our present. To celebrate this exhibition on the Avenue George V, the artist specially designed a sculpture of Clio, the Antic Muse of History, created after Sandro Botticelli’s own Clio.

Clio White, 2020
Aluminium
385 x 645 x 248 cm - 151.6 x 253.9 x 97.6 in
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Infanta Margarita Black, 2020
Resin with pigment
210 x 165 x 120 cm - 82.7 x 65 x 47.2 in
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“Art of each era always gathers elements from the past; Art is a succession and an eternal addition”. Manolo Valdés

Infanta Margarita Violet, 2020
Resin with pigment
210 x 165 x 120 cm - 82.7 x 65 x 47.2 in
Available

Infanta Margarita Blue, 2020
Resin with pigment
210 x 165 x 120 cm - 82.7 x 65 x 47.2 in
Available

Infanta Margarita Orange, 2020
Resin with pigment
210 x 165 x 120 cm - 82.7 x 65 x 47.2 in
Available

One of the most internationally established Contemporary Spanish painter, sculptor and draughtsman, Manolo Valdés (born in Valencia, 1942) began his career in the 1960s as one of the founding members of Equipo Crónica, a group of artists who took inspiration from Pop Art to challenge the Spanish dictatorship of Franco and the History of Art itself. When the movement ended in 1981, he continued his own artistic exploration centered on the appropriation and reinterpretation of masterpieces. He has developed an individual style that reviews History without detracting from the original subject. Quoting figures from well-known works of art, Valdés revitalises these familiar images by taking them out of their original context. The timelessness of the image as the axis of the visual experience is the determining factor in his creations.

Valdés has had numerous solo and group shows internationally in galleries and museums alike and his work is part of prestigious private and public collections, notably the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France; the de Young Museum of San Francisco; the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy; the Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany; the Menil Foundation, Houston, Texas; the Modern Museet Art, Stockholm, Sweden; the Museo Nacional Centre de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts among others. He currently lives and work between Madrid, Spain and New York city, USA.