“Memento Mori” Robert Mapplethorpe Photographs from the Peter Marino Collection

Kondaya Genbei

poster for “Memento Mori” Robert Mapplethorpe Photographs from the Peter Marino Collection
Image: Robert Mapplethorpe "Tulip" (1984) @Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Used by permission.

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Now more than ever, Robert Mapplethorpe is regarded as one of the most important artists of the twentieth century. Presented here is a selection of his still lifes, flowers, nudes and portraits—some 90 works from the private collection of internationally renowned architect Peter Marino. This is the most comprehensive survey of his multi-genre oeuvre to be shown in Japan since 2002.
Marino has designed the exhibition to highlight the dualities of Mapplethorpe’s complex portfolio, with subjects grouped in increasingly radical progression through the gallery space. Starting from the classicism of physical constructs, tableaux and sculptures, viewers encounter more challenging, often controversial imagery edging toward themes of natural grace and physical beauty, bondage and destruction.
The sardonic exhibition title MEMENTO MORI serves to remind us both of the ephemerality of photographic subjects and of the artist’s own untimely death. Mapplethorpe’s works exerted great aesthetic, social and political influence, virtually defining the times and striking a marked contrast to the timeless heritage status his masterpieces have since attained.

* This exhibition is part of the Kyotographie International Photography Festival.



from 4月 15, 2017 at 10:00 to 5月 14, 2017 at 18:00
Closed on Wednesdays. Open on May.3.



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