“The Monaco Masters Show” at Opera Gallery, Monaco


Opera Gallery is hosting a group show “The Monaco Masters Show” in its Monegasque exhibition space, on view through August 31, 2019.

This exhibition presents high-quality artworks retracing the main trends of the 20th-century into contemporary art practice.

According to the press release, Modern Art takes pride of place with paintings by masters including Raoul Dufy, Pablo Picasso, Fernand Leger, Marc Chagall, Joan Miro. These are presented alongside the greatest masters of the Post-War period, such as Alexander Calder, Lucio Fontana, Jean Dubuffet, Hans Hartung ou Pierres Soulages. American Pop Art is also represented with original works by Andy Warhol and Tom Wesselmann, with the added opportunity to discover canvases and original works on paper by Keith Haring, one of the pioneers of American Street Art. “Expressionism Abstraction always has its place in the Masters Show, and this year the focus is on Georges Mathieu, Sam Francis, Kazuo Shiraga as well as Simon Hantai’s famous ‘Pliage,’” reveals the gallery.

Simon Hantai is a Hungarian-born French Conceptual artist and painter. During the 1960s, Hantai developed a signature method of folding canvas and covering it in paint, which when opened revealed a distinctive pattern of color and negative space: a technique he called “pliage.” Fernand Leger’s paintings took on a more mechanical approach with strong contours and evenly blended colors from 1920 after his military service in World War I.

Soulages is one of the pioneers of Post-war Abstract painting and is considered one of the most innovative painters of the 20th-century. In 1979, he was made a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. From 1987 to 1994, he produced 104 stained glass windows for the Romanesque Abbey church Sainte-Foy in Conques (Aveyron, France).

Other artists whose works are on view are Manolo Valdes’ sculptural and pictorial works and the famous cavalcades by the French artist Andre Brasilier. “Opera Gallery confirms its reputation as a discoverer of new talent by faithfully supporting artists like Andy Denzler, Marcello Lo Giudice, David Kim Whittaker, James Austin Murray, Cho Sung-Hee, and Tigran Tsitoghdzyan,” states the press note.

Influenced by historical masterpieces, Valdes creates large works in which the lighting and colors express a sensation of tactility. “His work is forceful and decorated with historical art symbols. In his works, image and matter are fused in a body of work that wanders between Pop Art and material art, between social and political commitment and a continuous search for reinvention,” the release adds.

The exhibition is on view through August 31, 2019, at Opera Gallery, 1 avenue Henri Dunant, Palais de la Scala, 98000 Monaco.

For details, visit: https://www.operagallery.com

Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.

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