Opera Gallery Dubai is celebrating its 10th anniversary by presenting the work of renowned Spanish artist Manolo Valdés in his first exhibition in the region. The artist is known for his paintings and sculptures, especially for his monumental public artworks that have been installed at locations such as Place Vendome in Paris, Park Avenue in New York, the Chateau de Chambord in the Loire Valley, the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia and Orchard Road in Singapore.

Valdés is showcasing more than 25 works in Dubai that include new paintings and sculptures as well as small scale versions of some of his iconic sculptures. The paintings feature pieces of painted wood and mirrors fixed on wooden board and feminine faces inspired by the paintings of Matisse. While some of the sculptures are three-dimensional versions of figures in famous paintings by Velazquez, others feature abstract feminine heads with elaborate headdresses, or surrounded by butterflies, ferns or abstract lines, made from steel, aluminium, alabaster, brass and bronze.

The artist is also presenting four sculptures made from brass gilded with 24 carat gold, created especially for Dubai. In addition, five monumental sculptures by the artist are displayed at various locations in DIFC and will be on show for one year as part of DIFC’s public art integration programme.

Manolo Valdés in Dubai will run at Opera Gallery Dubai in DIFC until April 14. The public artworks will be on display in Gate Village, DIFC, until March 2019.

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