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Robert Mapplethorpe: A Perfectionist

by Frank Franco


Considered one of the most influential artists and photographers of the 20th century, Robert Mapplethorpe left behind an abundance of work before his untimely death in 1989. Now, almost 20 years after his death, Mapplethorpe’s work will again excite and delight many, especially those visiting Rotterdam’s Kunsthal Museum from April 22 to August 27.

The exhibition, 'Robert Mapplethorpe: A Perfectionist', is the first large-scale exhibition devoted to his life and work exhibited in the Netherlands.

Comprising of over 200 works, which date as far back as the 1960s to his later more recognized work, this exhibition offers an impressive survey of Mapplethorpe's entire career. Featured in the exhibition are self-portraits, portraits of friends and celebrities, still lifes, nudes, along with personal letters and books that shed light and give insight to the themes in his work.

Also adding more excitement to the agenda, comes the screening of 'Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures' on April 26 at Lantarenvenster.

The praised film gives people a special look into the life and times of the artist as told by those who knew him best with commentary by Mapplethorpe himself.
In 1989 the work of Robert Mapplethorpe achieved high notoriety and controversy in the United States, resurfacing arguments about what art should be and imposing limits about its public funding. Despite being provoked by the homoerotic and masochist themes of his work, moralists and critics did not succeed.

Of course the art world has never been short of controversial figures and magicians, but rarely does the work of these artist dare us to explore more within ourselves. Mapplethorpe’s work is the result of a devotion and ambition that not only raises photography to the status of fine art but tells a story that should forever be influential. Don’t miss it.

The exposition 'Robert Mapplethorne: A perfectionist', from april 22 to august 27 in the Kunsthal Rotterdam. Please visit the Kunsthal website for more information.

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Robert Mapplethorne: A perfectionist


22 april - 27 august 2017.

Rotterdam Kunsthal,
Museumpark, Westzeedijk 341

Check out the website of the museum.