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Mapplethorpe in Milan

For the first time Milan is hosting a major retrospective devoted to the work and career of Robert Mapplethorpe, one of the most important photographers of the twentieth century whose perfectly composed images have influenced generations of photographers and artists.

The exhibition, from the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation in New York, comprises 178 photographs and is a unique opportunity to view Mapplethorpe’s oeuvre in a single retrospective panorama: his early Polaroids dating from the seventies, the celebrated still lifes, the flowers, the portraits, the disconcerting Lisa Lyon series, the splendid images devoted to the male body (an unprecedented study as well as a celebration), the homage to his muse Patti Smith and his unusual, tender and melancholic portraits of children.

Robert Mapplethorpe
Fondazione Forma per la Fotografia
Piazza Tito Lucrezio Caro, 1 – Milano / +39 02 58118067

*Through April 9, 2012
Daily from 10am until 8pm; Thursdays and Fridays until 10pm. Closed on Mondays

**Photos: © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Used by permission.

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  • There are a number of good movies about mapplethorpe. the documentary ‘Black White + Gray: A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff and Robert Mapplethorpe’ is one of the best. also interesting is the james woods movie where woods plays a small town gallery owner who wants to have a mapplethorpe show. i dont remember the name, but it is worth seeing.

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