Nine Manolo Valdés sculptures installed at sculpture from May 15 to October 15 courtesy of Opera Gallery.
This summer, Opera Gallery Monaco and the Hotel du Cap-EdenRoc, part of the Oetker Collection Group, pay a vibrant tribute to famous Spanish painter and sculptor Manolo Valdés. From this collaboration is born a fantastic open-air installation project in the gardens of the prestigious hotel in Cap d’Antibes.
Renowned as one the major artists in Contemporary creation, Manolo Valdés has been exploring, for the past 60 years, the great History of Classic Art, painting and sculpting a Contemporary legacy to the great Masters of the past.
“Opera Gallery has presented Manolo Valdés’ work throughout the world for many years now, and we are delighted of this place of honor granted to the artist by Oetker Collection,” says Damien Simonelli, director at Opera Galley Monaco. “Collectors from around the globe gather on the French Riviera, and it is a true joy to be able to show them Valdés’ monumental sculptures in an environment as spectacular as the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc.”
Initially organized to celebrate Eden-Roc’s 150th anniversary in 2020 (which was postponed due to global events), the sculptures created for this very show recently adorned Avenue George V in Paris, waiting for the hotel to reopen. At last, here among the greenery of the Antibes gardens, clients and collectors alike will be able to admire the outdoor exhibit all summer.
Bronze, aluminum, resin or stainless steel, nine sculptures reinvent the famous theme of the feminine portrait. Their stylized features, adorned with crowns and headdresses of foliage and butterflies, bear the names of muses, ancient goddesses and real women. This summer, they will converse with the Mediterranean Sea in from of the Villa Soleil, the main building of the hotel.
The image of the Infanta Margarita, Contemporary reminiscence of Velázquez and dear to Valdés, reappears in this installation in a series of colorful resins: orange, blue, lilac and jet black, echoing fire opals, sapphire, amethyst and black diamonds.
Valdés also carves his muses out of careful observation of his surroundings. He declared that his Mariposas series, from which two artworks are exhibited here, is inspired by an extraordinary scene witnessed one spring afternoon in New York’s Central Park where he witnessed a woman sitting on a bench, surrounded by swirls of butterflies.
Manolo Valdés’ monumental artworks seduce and compel by their aethereal dimension, thanks to the artist’s exceptional mastery of empty space running through the headdresses of these great dames. This is in complete symbiosis with the nature of Eden-Roc’s luxurious gardens surrounding them in the gardens.
Regina II, named after the artists’ daughter, is a stylized sculpture surrounded by a geometrical composition of arcs. She stands proud, coated in a regal “Valdés blue,” the artist’s signature hue.