May 30, 2019 | By Louise Squire
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Following collaborations with Robert Wilson and Hedi Slimane, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac has invited the celebrated American film director Sofia Coppola to curate a new Robert Mapplethorpe show in Paris. There are approximately 40 images images on view, courtesy of The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation in New York–with whom the gallery has collaborated for this exhibition.
The exhibit uses the same approach as the show “Robert Mapplethorpe: Eye to Eye”, which was curated by American artist Cindy Sherman in New York in 2003, and “Robert Mapplethorpe Curated by David Hockney”, which was presented in London in 2005. The idea is to have a contemporary artist bring his or her take on an œuvre as significant as that of Robert Mapplethorpe’s. By using rarely seen and little-known images taken by Mapplethorpe, Coppola has created an overview that is reflective of her own work and film aesthetic. Known for his often erotic and provocative images, the viewer is able to discover a mostly-unexplored, gentle and reflective side of the artist.
Sofia Coppola’s selection includes four loans from prestigious museums: Katherine Cebrian (1980) and Waves (1980) are part of the permanent collection of London’s Tate Modern, Melia Marden (1983) is part of the Guggenheim collection and Fireplace with Flowers (1986) belongs to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
Robert Mapplethorpe Curated by Sofia Coppola
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac
7 rue Debelleyme 75003 / +33 (0)142729900Paris, France
November 25, 2011 – January 7, 2012
Photos: Courtesy of The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation
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