Robert Mapplethorpe (American, 1946-1989). Self-Portrait, 1988. Gelatin silver print. Sheet: 24 x 20 in. (61 x 50.8 cm). Frame: 33 x 28 in. (83.8 x 71.1 cm). The Estate of Robert Mapplethorpe, New York City.

Robert Mapplethorpe (American, 1946-1989). Self-Portrait, 1988. Gelatin silver print. Sheet: 24 x 20 in. (61 x 50.8 cm). Frame: 33 x 28 in. (83.8 x 71.1 cm). The Estate of Robert Mapplethorpe, New York City.


26 March 2014 to 13 July 2014 – Grand Palais, Galerie sud-est

Robert Mapplethorpe was one of the great masters of art photography. He produced highly stylised black and white portraits, nudes and still lifes. Over and above the erotic power that made Mapplethorpe’s work famous, the exhibition presents the classic dimension of the artist’s work and his search for aesthetic perfection, through over 200 images that span his career from the early 1970s to his untimely death in 1989.

Robert Mapplethorpe, Self Portrait 1980 - © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation

Robert Mapplethorpe, Self Portrait 1980 – © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation

Grand Palais