A distinguished guest for a significant milestone: Manolo Valdés, one of the greatest contemporary Spanish artists, is exhibiting in Geneva for the first time in over 20 years. His sculptures will be on show in the grounds and indoor areas of La Réserve Genève for a three-month period.
Spectacular encounters at La Réserve Genève
Six Manolo Valdés sculptures have found their place both on the grounds and inside La Réserve Genève. Three monumental works can be admired during an outdoor stroll beneath the centuries-old trees and near the hotel swimming pool – a natural setting entirely in tune with the inspiration of the artist, who once again evokes the feminine figure through a plant life reinterpretation of the portrait theme. The stylized foliage and the materials used to ensure an ideal match between the works and their environment, staging emotional face-to-face encounters with visitors.
Inside, three other sculptures interpret the same theme in more standard sizes, through a magnificent pairing of materials: metal and alabaster. The first, located near the fireplace, welcome guests upon their arrival. The second stand in the spot usually occupied by the iconic elephant in the La Réserve lobby, while the third has opted for the more intimate setting of the Café Lauren.
This exhibition of sculptures by Manolo Valdés, in a place entirely suited to their nature and stature, admirably complements the simultaneous showing of paintings by the artist at the Opera Gallery in downtown Geneva. This internationally renowned modern and contemporary art gallery founded in 1994 offers a permanent exhibition of works by modern and contemporary artists such as Pablo Picasso, Alexander Calder, and Pierre Soulages, as well as personal, collective and themed exhibitions.
A Big Name on the International Art Scene
A globally renowned and acclaimed talent, Manolo Valdés is a multi-disciplinary artist who declares himself «a consumer of art and its history».
Born in Valence in 1942, the Spanish artist now lives and works in New York. Since the 1960s, he has been exploring an intensely personal vision of the use of shapes, materials, colors through his paintings and sculptures. After a period spent as part of the Equipo Crónica movement during his early career, his personal creative path led him to revisit the history of art in his own way, influenced by the great masters such as Velasquez, Picasso, and Matisse. His works have found their way into the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, as well as Berlin’s Kunstmuseum and the Centre Pompidou in Paris.