Robert Mapplethorpe

  • The perfect medium
    October 27, 2017 - March 4, 2018
    Art Gallery of New South Wales
    Art Gallery Rd
    Sydney, Australia

    This comprehensive survey of Robert Mapplethorpe’s career features over 200 works, including floral still lifes, portraits, figure studies and erotic imagery that charts his involvement in New York’s gay scene, as well as a selection of archival material providing insights into his working methods and life.

    Whether he was photographing a figure, a fetish or a flower, Mapplethorpe pursued what he called ‘perfection in form’. The legacy of his unflinching quest for beauty has an enduring political and artistic resonance.

    The exhibition is organised by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and J Paul Getty Museum, in collaboration with the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation and the Art Gallery of NSW. Support for the exhibition and its international tour has been provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

     

    https://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/exhibitions/robert-mapplethorpe/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI19Lg_vCQ1wIVxBXTCh3cCgDaEAAYASAAEgLvA_D_BwE

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  • A PERFECTIONIST
    April 22, 2017 - August 27, 2017
    Museumpark
    Westzeedijk 341
    3015 AA Rotterdam

    Kunsthal Rotterdam presents a large-scale retrospective of the life and work of Robert Mapplethorpe (1946-1989). More than two decades after his death, his work remains controversial and tests the limits of what is artistically possible. The exhibition offers an impressive survey of his career, from early works in the late 1960s to the art world success he established in the 1980s.

    More than 200 objects throw new light on his preferred genres: portraiture, self-portraiture, the nude, and still life. This is the first time that Mapplethorpe’s work is shown in the Netherlands on such a large scale after a long absence. The Kunsthal is delighted to be the only European venue to present this special exhibition, organised by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the J. Paul Getty Museum in collaboration with the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation.

     

    https://www.kunsthal.nl/en/plan-your-visit/exhibitions/robert-mapplethorpe/

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  • FOCUS : PERFECTION ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE
    September 10, 2016 - January 22, 2017
    MONTREAL MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS
    1380 Sherbrooke Street West
    Montreal, Quebec H3G 2T9

    One of the most influential photographers of the twentieth century, Robert Mapplethorpe (1946-1989) gained renown for his masterful compositions and subjects that have compelled new reflection on questions of gender, race and sexuality.

    The MMFA is presenting the first major North American retrospective on Robert Mapplethorpe’s oeuvre since the landmark exhibition The Perfect Moment, organized in 1988 by the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, and the national controversy that it provoked during the US Culture Wars of the 1980s and 1990s. It is the only Canadian venue for the exhibition.

    Organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and the J. Paul Getty Museum in collaboration with The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation and the MMFA, this exhibition has already drawn over 500,000 visitors in Los Angeles and will continue its tour to Sydney, Australia, after its presentation in Montreal.

    Tracing the artist’s entire career, from his early production in the late 1960s to his untimely death in 1989, the exhibition features close to 250 works that shed new light on the key genres that Mapplethorpe pursued: portraiture, the nude and the still life. It reveals the photographer’s working methods and techniques, presenting the improvisational, experimental aspects of his practice alongside the aesthetic perfection of his prints.

     

    https://www.mbam.qc.ca/en/exhibitions/on-view/focus-perfection/

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  • Robert Mapplethorpe
    March 13, 2015 - September 13, 2015
    The Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland

    The Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki, presents with "Robert Mapplethorpe" a retrospective exhibition offering with more than 250 works a broad overview of the key periods of Mapplethorpe’s career.

    In their aspiration for perfection, Mapplethorpe’s pictures blend beauty and eroticism with pain, pleasure and death. Mapplethorpe also photographed his celebrity friends such as Patti Smith, Andy Warhol and Richard Gere. Although solidly anchored in their time, his photographs are also universal and topical even today.

    Arriving from Paris to Helsinki, the high-profile exhibition is a unique opportunity to learn about the art and life of one of the most important photographic artists of our time. The exhibition is curated by Jérôme Neutres from Paris with Director Pirkko Siitari and Chief Curator Marja Sakari from Kiasma.

     

    This exhibition is organized by The Finnish National Gallery – Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma and the Réunion des Musées Nationaux – Grand Palais, with the collaboration of the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation New York.


    For more details about the exhibition please click here.

    Photo: Kansallisgalleria / Pirje Mykkänen 

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  • 1984-1999 The Decade
    May 24, 2014 - March 2, 2015
    Centre Pompidou Metz
    Metz, France

    Curated by Stéphanie Moisdon the exhibition 1984-1999 tackles a decade that defies definition and disaffirms past attempts to do so. Beyond decennial retrospectives and compilations, it is a biographical space composed of objects, sounds, voices, images, reflections and sensations. The exhibition does not attempt to recreate an era nor to sanctify an ideal and lost age, but seeks instead to bring up to date the forms and procedures which anticipated today's artistic creation.

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  • Mapplethorpe-Rodin
    April 8, 2014 - September 21, 2014
    Musée Rodin
    Paris, France

    In a single exhibition, the Musée Rodin brings together two forms of expression – Sculpture and Photography – through the works of two major artists: Robert Mapplethorpe and Auguste Rodin. Thanks to exceptional loans from the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, this exhibition presents 50 sculptures by Rodin and a collection of 102 photographs, in a bold dialogue revealing the enduring nature of these great artists’ favourite themes and subjects.

     

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    In a single exhibition, the Musée Rodin brings together two forms of expression – Sculpture and Photography – through the works of two major artists: Robert Mapplethorpe and Auguste Rodin. Thanks to exceptional loans from the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, this exhibition presents 50 sculptures by Rodin and a collection of 102 photographs, in a bold dialogue revealing the enduring nature of these great artists’ favourite themes and subjects. - See more at: http://www.musee-rodin.fr/en/exhibition/exposition/mapplethorpe-rodin#sthash.SqRaVh37.dpuf
    In a single exhibition, the Musée Rodin brings together two forms of expression – Sculpture and Photography – through the works of two major artists: Robert Mapplethorpe and Auguste Rodin. Thanks to exceptional loans from the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, this exhibition presents 50 sculptures by Rodin and a collection of 102 photographs, in a bold dialogue revealing the enduring nature of these great artists’ favourite themes and subjects. - See more at: http://www.musee-rodin.fr/en/exhibition/exposition/mapplethorpe-rodin#sthash.SqRaVh37.dpuf
    In a single exhibition, the Musée Rodin brings together two forms of expression – Sculpture and Photography – through the works of two major artists: Robert Mapplethorpe and Auguste Rodin. Thanks to exceptional loans from the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, this exhibition presents 50 sculptures by Rodin and a collection of 102 photographs, in a bold dialogue revealing the enduring nature of these great artists’ favourite themes and subjects. - See more at: http://www.musee-rodin.fr/en/exhibition/exposition/mapplethorpe-rodin#sthash.SqRaVh37.dpuf
    In a single exhibition, the Musée Rodin brings together two forms of expression – Sculpture and Photography – through the works of two major artists: Robert Mapplethorpe and Auguste Rodin. Thanks to exceptional loans from the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, this exhibition presents 50 sculptures by Rodin and a collection of 102 photographs, in a bold dialogue revealing the enduring nature of these great artists’ favourite themes and subjects. - See more at: http://www.musee-rodin.fr/en/exhibition/exposition/mapplethorpe-rodin#sthash.SqRaVh37.dpuf
    In a single exhibition, the Musée Rodin brings together two forms of expression – Sculpture and Photography – through the works of two major artists: Robert Mapplethorpe and Auguste Rodin. Thanks to exceptional loans from the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, this exhibition presents 50 sculptures by Rodin and a collection of 102 photographs, in a bold dialogue revealing the enduring nature of these great artists’ favourite themes and subjects. - See more at: http://www.musee-rodin.fr/en/exhibition/exposition/mapplethorpe-rodin#sthash.SqRaVh37.dpuf
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  • Robert Mapplethorpe
    March 26, 2014 - July 13, 2014
    Grand Palais
    Paris, France

    The exhibition will present over 250 works making it one of the largest retrospective shows for Robert Mapplethorpe ever held in a museum. It will cover the artist's entire career as a photographer, from the Polaroids of the early 1970s to the portraits from the late 1980s, touching on his sculptural nudes and still lifes, and sadomasochism. The focus on his two muses Patti Smith and Lisa Lyon explores the theme of women and femininity and reveals a less known aspect of the photographer’s work. The challenge of this exhibition is to show that Mapplethorpe is a great classical artist, who addressed issues in art using photography as he might have used sculpture. It also puts Mapplethorpe’s art into the context of the New York art scene in the 1970-1980s.

     

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    Robert Mapplethorpe est l’un des plus grands maîtres de la photographie d’art. C’est avec un noir et blanc extrêmement stylisé qu’il réalise portraits, nus, et natures mortes. Au-delà de la puissance érotique qui fait la célébrité de l’oeuvre de Mapplethorpe, l’exposition présente la dimension classique du travail de l’artiste et sa recherche de la perfection esthétique, à travers plus de 200 images qui couvre toute sa carrière du début des années 1970 à sa mort précoce en 1989. - See more at: http://www.grandpalais.fr/fr/evenement/robert-mapplethorpe#sthash.JDxxQJD3.dpuf
    Robert Mapplethorpe est l’un des plus grands maîtres de la photographie d’art. C’est avec un noir et blanc extrêmement stylisé qu’il réalise portraits, nus, et natures mortes. Au-delà de la puissance érotique qui fait la célébrité de l’oeuvre de Mapplethorpe, l’exposition présente la dimension classique du travail de l’artiste et sa recherche de la perfection esthétique, à travers plus de 200 images qui couvre toute sa carrière du début des années 1970 à sa mort précoce en 1989. - See more at: http://www.grandpalais.fr/fr/evenement/robert-mapplethorpe#sthash.JDxxQJD3.dpuf
    Robert Mapplethorpe est l’un des plus grands maîtres de la photographie d’art. C’est avec un noir et blanc extrêmement stylisé qu’il réalise portraits, nus, et natures mortes. Au-delà de la puissance érotique qui fait la célébrité de l’oeuvre de Mapplethorpe, l’exposition présente la dimension classique du travail de l’artiste et sa recherche de la perfection esthétique, à travers plus de 200 images qui couvre toute sa carrière du début des années 1970 à sa mort précoce en 1989. - See more at: http://www.grandpalais.fr/fr/evenement/robert-mapplethorpe#sthash.JDxxQJD3.dpuf
    Robert Mapplethorpe est l’un des plus grands maîtres de la photographie d’art. C’est avec un noir et blanc extrêmement stylisé qu’il réalise portraits, nus, et natures mortes. Au-delà de la puissance érotique qui fait la célébrité de l’oeuvre de Mapplethorpe, l’exposition présente la dimension classique du travail de l’artiste et sa recherche de la perfection esthétique, à travers plus de 200 images qui couvre toute sa carrière du début des années 1970 à sa mort précoce en 1989. - See more at: http://www.grandpalais.fr/fr/evenement/robert-mapplethorpe#sthash.JDxxQJD3.dpuf
    Robert Mapplethorpe est l’un des plus grands maîtres de la photographie d’art. C’est avec un noir et blanc extrêmement stylisé qu’il réalise portraits, nus, et natures mortes. Au-delà de la puissance érotique qui fait la célébrité de l’oeuvre de Mapplethorpe, l’exposition présente la dimension classique du travail de l’artiste et sa recherche de la perfection esthétique, à travers plus de 200 images qui couvre toute sa carrière du début des années 1970 à sa mort précoce en 1989. - See more at: http://www.grandpalais.fr/fr/evenement/robert-mapplethorpe#sthash.JDxxQJD3.dpuf
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  • In Focus: Robert Mapplethorpe
    October 23, 2012 - March 24, 2013
    The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

    A tastemaker and provocateur, Robert Mapplethorpe was one of the great photographers of the second half of the twentieth century. His highly stylized explorations of gender, race, and sexuality became hallmarks of the period and exerted a powerful influence on his contemporaries. 

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  • Robert Mapplethorpe: XYZ
    October 21, 2012 - March 24, 2013
    LACMA, Los Angeles

    The X, Y, and Z Portfolios (published in 1978, 1978, and 1981, respectively) by American photographer Robert Mapplethorpe (1946–1989) summarize Mapplethorpe’s ambitions as a fine-art photographer and contemporary artist, reflecting the tripartite division of his mature work: homosexual sadomasochistic imagery (X); floral still lifes (Y); and nude portraits of African-American men (Z).

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