Français EnglishBogéna Gidrol, a qualified architect and art enthusiast, presents artists that are searching for the essential while constantly evolving.
Bogéna Gidrol with her new business partner Christopher Holder set out to expand the gallery in 2013, settling in a venerable old building at the foot of Saint Paul de Vence, a village long familiar to art lovers. The new gallery premises, just a stone's throw from the Maeght Foundation, offer visitors a brand new, radically contemporary light-filled space, where each work is in silent dialogue with its surroundings. The much larger premises mean the gallery is able to play host to other creative forms, such as music and literature, creating a shared space for experiencing the best that art has to offer.
Jeff Bertoncino, Carl Dahl, Franta and Monique Frydman were the first artists represented in the Bogéna Galerie. Then the family grew. New, well-known artists such as James Coignard, Michel Carlin, Sophie Rocco, or young, promising talents like Nathalie Deshairs, Bernard Abril arrived in the gallery. Contemporary masters like Manolo Valdes, Antoni Tapies as well as modern masters such as Marc Chagall, Pablo Picasso, Juan Miro and Henri Matisse are also represented.
The works chosen conduct a dialogue among one another while taking us into their individual worlds. In this way, feeling becomes a journey of initiation, making us face up to our own destinies and bringing to the surface traces of the pain and joy that make up the story of our lives.


Until Sunday 30th August
A tribute to Manolo Valdés
Français English Manolo Valdés is a Spanish artist known for his unique method of drawing through which he creates paintings, prints and sculptures in pure forms. Born on March 8, 1942 in Valencia, Spain, the artist attended the San Carlos Academy of Fine Arts, which he left before graduation to begin his career. Alongside Juan Antonio Toledo and Rafael Solbes, he formed the Equipo Crónica group in 1964, an offshoot of the Pop Art movement whose interest was in the creation of works imbued with political criticism. "For us, Pop art is a way of engaging in a political battle," explains Valdès, "but it is also an escape route and a way of fighting against the dominant artistic trends linked to informal art. Toledo left the group after a year, but Valdés and Solbes continued their collaboration until Solbes' death in 1981. Currently living between New York and Madrid, Valdés is the subject of a retrospective at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in 2006..

The prowess of this internationally acclaimed artist is patent in this superb portrait of the Infanta Margarita of Austria. A print on two separate sheets, the black aquatint and carborundum background reinforces the chromatic impact and the details obtained through etching.
This work belongs to the second period in Manolo Valdés career, which began after the death of his friend and collaborator Rafael Solbes in 1981. Before that, as a member of the Equipo Crónica collective he had satirised Spanish iconological models, riffing on Roy Lichtenstein's Pop Art “comics” and the laconic facticity of Andy Warhol's everyday objects.
Afterwards his practice adopted a more reflective mood. Once again, he used models taken from artists from the past - including José de Ribera (1591-1652), Diego Velázquez (1599-1660) and Francisco Zurbarán (1598-1664) - but now diluting the iconic value and the mockery and irony from his previous phase, using collage, engraving or sculpture as his chosen media.
This print of Margarita de Austria is a reinterpretation of the portrait of the Infanta painted by Velázquez and finished by the great master's son-in-law Juan Bautista del Mazo (1612-1667) after his untimely death. However, in this case Valdés also engages in a dialogue with Piet Mondrian (1872-1944), using the latter's signature black squares and primary colours to contrast with the sinuous round forms of the infanta's headdress and her handkerchief.
Though dispensing with the infanta's facial features, Valdés recreates all the other details: the handkerchief, the little bouquet of roses and violets, the sash, the hair, the necklace, the black neckline, the fan-shaped ribbon decorated with a brooch, or the earring in her right ear - all those elements remit to the portrait of the princess in what is undoubtedly a splendid tribute to the work of one of the all-time masters..

La Bogéna Galerie. Galerie. Saint-Paul de Vence

La Bogéna Galerie


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