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01.12.2011

 

ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE by SOFIA COPPOLA at Thaddaeus Ropac Gallery, Paris. How sweet

If you were to enter the words 'Robert Mapplethorpe' in the arguably most famous search engine – what do you think you would end up seeing? The results would be a marvellous mix of black and white people, couples and celebrities, lots of tits and dicks and of course Patti Smith.

Not so with Sofia Coppola. In her curated exhibition at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, she presents kittens, foals and children. It is a wonderful example of good curation.

Following collaborative projects with Robert Wilson and Hedi Slimane, Galerie Thaddaues Ropac in Paris invited Sofia Coppola to curate a Robert Mapplethorpe exhibition from her perspective. Director Sofia Coppola formed a selection from the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation NY' stock – Partner in Crime of the exhibition.

The gallery explains it’s motivation behind the show as follows: "This exhibition 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”.

Photographer Robert Mapplethorpe was born in Floral Park, NY in 1946. He gained fame when he became infected with HIV and the asking price for his photographs skyrocketed. In December 1988, he sold photographs for 500,000 US Dollars. He died in 1989.

Sofia Coppola was also born in New York in 1971. She is a director, author and producer. Her first film was created in 1999: The Virgin Suicides. This was followed by Lost in Translation in 2003 Marie Antoinette in 2006 and Somewhere in 2010.



ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE by SOFIA COPPOLA
until the 7th of January 2012
7 RUE DEBELLEYME, 75003 PARIS FRANCE
from 6:30pm to 8:30pm