Exhibition by Manolo Valdés at Palazzo Cipolla, Rome exhibition extended until July 2021
The great exhibition by the Spanish artist held at Palazzo Cipolla in Rome, which temporarily closed two weeks after opening due to the covid-19 health emergency and reopened on the 1st of February 2021, will remain open until the 11th of July by virtue of a longer extension made possible through the commitment of Fondazione Terzo Pilastro – Internazionale that promoted it and the willingness of the gallery and lenders.
This exhibition has been strongly advocated by Professor Emmanuele F. M. Emanuele Chairman of Fondazione Terzo Pilastro – Internazionale, organised by POEMA in association with the Contini Gallery in Venice, supported by Comediarting and Arthemisia, and curated by Gabriele Simongini.
Professor Emanuele declared, “I am really delighted to be able to welcome visitors to Palazzo Cipolla, in the most scrupulous conditions of safety, until next summer, and offer them an opportunity to become acquainted with, appreciate or see again, an extraordinary an artist such as Valdés, whilst rekindling, through the beauty of art, the desire to start anew. The artist draws on the most famous masterpieces in art history and reinterprets them in an absolutely contemporary way: as well as the visual language of undoubted impact, attention to medium and preference for large scale artworks, I particularly like his aptitude to draw on the artistic repertoire of the past in an entirely natural way and reinterpret it in a contemporary key, corroborating my belief that art is an uninterrupted flow of dialogue between the great artists of the past and those of the present day.”
The exhibition, which brings Valdes back to Rome after twenty-five years of absence, consists of around seventy artworks -paintings and sculptures in wood, marble, bronze, alabaster, brass, steel, iron, some of which are monumental – from the artist’s studio and important private collections that recount Valdés’s creative career from the early nineteen-eighties (just after the end of his experience in Equipo Crónica) to date.
In compliance with the current regulations the exhibition space at Palazzo Cipolla will observe the following opening hours: Mondays to Fridays from 10:00 to 20:00, last entrance at 19:00, closed on Saturdays and Sundays. The exhibition will be closed on Monday the 1st of March 2021 due to organizational reasons.
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Manolo Valdés was born on the 8th of March 1942 in Valencia, Spain. In 1957 he enrolled in the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Carlos in Valencia. Two years later, he left school to devote himself entirely to painting. In 1962, he participated in the National Exhibition of Fine Arts, presenting the artwork ‘Barca’ (now kept at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía), in which those that will be the constant elements of his painting are already evident: figurative themes and the informal use of the medium.
Valdés draws considerably on the artistic heritage of Spain, particularly on Velázquez, Picasso and on the Art Informel of his immediate predecessors: Manolo Millares, Antonio Saura and Antoni Tàpies.
At the end of 1964, he participated in the founding of the Estampa Popular group which distinguished itself by its use of advertising images and engravings as a medium, popular prices and a theme mainly based on Valencian life. The group split up after four solo exhibitions. In 1965, together with Rafael Solbes and Jean A. Toledo, Valdés participated in the XVI Paris Salon Young Painters Exhibition and received great critical acclaim. Hence the creation of Equipo Crónica group, which differed from the previous group due to the prevalent use of painting and the broader choice of impersonal themes that were strongly influenced by Pop Art, with a critical look at Franco’s regime and art history. Toledo left the group shortly after their first exhibition, while Valdes and Solbes continued to work together until the latter’s death, in 1981.
In 1983, Manolo Valdés also achieved considerable success even in the field of graphics and received the National Prize for Plastic Arts. Three years later, he was invited to participate in the Baghdad Biennale of International Plastic Arts Festival, where he won the Gold Medal.
Since 1992, he has focused his interest on sculptures and decided to open a larger studio in New York, where he moved to in 1998. In 1999, Valdés and Esther Ferrer represented Spain at the Venice Biennale.
In 2000, Valdés returned to Spain and stayed alternately in New York and Madrid. In 2002, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao dedicated a retrospective to him. He created a set of sculptures in Madrid for the new International Airport. In 2006, the Reina Sofia Museum held a retrospective in which all the works created during his last twenty-five years are gathered.
Amongst the many exhibitions to be mentioned are those held at the National Art Museum of China in Beijing and the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg. The Casa Rusca in Locarno dedicated an important anthological exhibition to him in 2019. His works are in museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the Musée National d’Art Moderne – Centre George Pompidou in Paris, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao Foundation and the Kunstmuseum in Berlin. His monumental sculptures have been displayed or permanently installed in New York (Park Avenue, the Botanical Garden and Broadway), Paris (Place Vendôme and the Palais-Royal gardens), Madrid, Valencia, Monte Carlo and Pietrasanta.
Manolo Valdés currently works and lives in New York and Madrid and is represented in Italy by Contini Art Gallery.
- EXHIBITION VENUE
- Rome, Palazzo Cipolla, Via del Corso, 320
- EXHIBITION DURATION
- 17th October 2020 -11th July 2021
- PROMOTING INSTITUTION
- Fondazione Terzo Pilastro – Internazionale
- ORGANISING INSTITUTION
- Poema Spa and Galleria Contini, Venice
Saturday and Sunday CLOSED
Monday to Friday 10:00 > 20:00 hrs
(Ticket Office closes one hour before, at 19:00)
The exhibition will remain closed on Monday the 1st of March 2021 due to organizational reasons.
- Full price € 6,00
- Reduced price € 3,00 – youths under 26, senior citizens over 65, members of the Italian Police and Armed forces with service ID, university students with proof of status, journalists with ID, holders of passes issued under special agreements: (Fai, La Feltrinelli, Biblioteche di Roma, Touring Club Italiano, LUISS).
- Free Tickets– Children under 6, disabled visitors and a companion, one guide for each booked group, members of ICOM, Tourist Guides licenced by the Regione Lazio (only one entrance is allowed).
Online ticket sales:
In order to avoid queues visitors are advised to purchase tickets through the dedicated online platforms. Tickets are also available at the Museum’s ticket office, which nevertheless does not accept bookings. Visitors must complete a self-certification form and will have their body temperature taken before entrance. In the event of a strong flow, visitors must wait their turn to enter the exhibition space.
- Ticket Office – YES
- Online – YES
OTHER FACILITIES: e.g. disabled accessibility, bookshop, baggage room, toilet
- WHEELCHAIR AVAILABILITY AND APPLICATION FOR USE: by telephone or at the ticket office.
■ YES (2) □ NO
- ADMISSION OF GUIDE DOGS FOR BLIND VISITORS
□ YES ■ NO
- ADMISSION OF ASSISTANCE DOGS AND SERVICE DOGS
□ YES ■ NO
- PHOTOGRAPHY INSIDE THE EXHIBITION SPACES
■YES □ NO
- INDEPENDENT ENTRANCE TO BOOKSHOP
■ YES □ NO
REACHING THE EXHIBITION
The entrance to the Exhibition is in Via del Corso 320.
The exhibition hall of Palazzo Cipolla is located in the historical centre of Rome on the ancient road that connects two of its most famous squares, Piazza del Popolo and Piazza Venezia, where the stately mansions of great Roman families and the headquarters of the city’s oldest and prestigious institutions stand.
The Museum is within walking distance from the following underground stations and bus stops:
- UNDERGROUND: line A – exit Spagna or Barberini
BUS ROUTES: 51 – 62 – 63 – 81 – 83 – 85 – 117 – 160 – 492 – 628 (Via del Corso/Marco Minghetti) or
71 – 80 – (P.zza di San Claudio)
40 – 46 – 60 – 64 – 70 – 80 – 170 – 716 – 780- 810 – 916 (Sundays only) – H (Piazza Venezia).