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An exhibition of Manolo Valdés’ paintings and sculptures from the 1980s to the present will kick-off the summer programme at Pera Museum.
Valdés is an award-winning artist who co-founded the Equipo Crónica, the pioneering group of pop art in Spain, in 1964 with other notable Spanish artists, Joan Toledo and Rafael Solbes. The group dissolved in 1981 following Solbes’ death and Valdés continued his solo career. His works derive their strength from the masterpieces of the past, make strong references to art history, and include historical art symbols, colours, and textures. His style is to strip a painting from its original context and reinterpret it through pop art. He primarily focuses on figures, objects, and series, and his work carries traces that extend from Velázquez to Zurbarán, and from Matisse to Picasso and Lichtenstein.