Equipo Crónica was set up in 1964 by three artists from Valencia, Rafael Solbes (1940-1981), Manuel Valdés (1942) and Juan Antonio Toledo (1940-1995), although the latter left the group a few months later. The duo remained active until 1981, the year Solbes died. Until the end, Equipo Crónica was a high-profile concern in contemporary Spanish art and a respected presence in artistic circles in France, Italy and Germany.
Now, fifty years after the group was founded, the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum, with the generous sponsorship of BBK Fundazioa, presents the most extensive retrospective to date, covering Equipo Crónica´s entire creative career from 1964 to 1981. The last substantial exhibition of their work, organized by IVAM in Valencia in 1989, subsequently travelled to Madrid´s Queen Sofia National Art Centre Museum.
Featuring major works from many collections both public and private, the exhibition gives pride of place to a large group on loan for the occasion from the IVAM. Nearly one hundred and fifty works are housed in two areas of the Museum: 74 paintings and sculptures in series are displayed in the BBK gallery and room 33 (on the second floor of the modern building) has 72 drawings, engravings, posters and original documents by Estampa Popular in Valencia, the group Solbes, Toledo and Valdés were members of before founding Equipo Crónica. Here the Equipo´s habitual style can be seen in its formative stage.
Author: Valeriano Bozal, Michèle Dalmace, Tomàs Llorens
Date of publication: 10/02/2015
Measures: 24,5 x 27 cm
No. of pages: 312
No. of illustrations: 280 (color)