Valencia-born artist Manolo Valdés will be the focus of Opera Gallery Singapore’s upcoming Masters exhibition, opening September 15. Titled Manolo Valdés in Singapore, the month-long event features paintings, collages and sculptures by the 75-year-old master of multiple media, from painting to printmaking.
Through support from the Singapore Tourism Board, eight sculptures and a row of 10 meninas (Spanish for “girls”) will line the stretch of Orchard Road between Far East Shopping Centre and Mandarin Orchard Singapore hotel. After the exhibition on Orchard Road, the showcase will then reside in Gardens by the Bay for six months.
Known for large-scale works, Valdés has created sculptures for the Place Vendôme, New York Botanical Gardens, Hofgarten in Düsseldorf, and Chatsworth House in the UK. In particular, in the Place Vendôme last September, La Pamela, wearing a massive sunhat, stood at 16ft tall; Los Aretes, in bright blue iron, measured 19ft across; and La Mariposa featured an enormous butterfly — a favourite motif of Valdés’ — perched on top. In the New York Botanical Gardens in 2012, a 50-ft wide bronze, steel and aluminium sculpture depicted a woman’s head surrounded by a swarm of butterflies.
Other artworks by Valdés are located in numerous private and public collections, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Musée National d’Art Moderne at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, Young Museum of San Francisco, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid, Hamburger Kunsthalle in Hamburg, Moderna Museet Art in Stockholm, and more.
“Valdés’s work is physical, incredibly powerful and singular. There is something of the genius in him, remarkably rereading the history of art and its classical themes,” says David Rosenberg, artistic director of Opera Gallery Group. “Better than anyone, he knows how to revisit women’s portraits, their hair and their gazes, whether painted or sculpted. Showing such a talent in these two genres is very rare. Picasso did, and today Valdés succeeds him brilliantly.”
Manolo Valdés in Singapore will be on display at Opera Gallery Singapore’s larger, more spacious location on Level 2 of ION Orchard; the move marked the gallery’s 23rd year in Singapore. The gallery has held exhibitions devoted to Modern and Contemporary masters such as Claude Monet, Amedeo Modigliani, Marc Chagall and Anish Kapoor.
Manolo Valdés in Singapore
September 15–October 15 at Opera Gallery Singapore
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