Robert Mapplethorpe (b. 1946, New York; d. 1989, Boston) will have his first exhibition in Portugal, at the Serralves Museum, Porto from 20 September 2018 - 6 January 2019.
Conceived in partnership with the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, New York, the exhibition will be a large-scale retrospective of Mapplethorpe's work, featuring some of the most iconic photographs from the 20th century. Offering an overview of his pioneering work, the exhibition includes his studio portraits - from self-portraits to photographs of artists, friends and notable figures of the 20th century cultural scene - lyrical still life photos, classic and stylised erotic nudes, as well as assemblages from his early career and intimate polaroids. Mapplethorpe’s oeuvre, presented in this exhibition - which is incisive, vast, provocative and immensely influential - made him one of the most important artists of the twentieth century.
The exhibition is organised by the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art and curated by João Ribas, Museum Director.
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