The Kunsthal Rotterdam presents a large-scale retrospective of the life and work of Robert Mapplethorpe (1946-1989), one of the most influential artists and photographers of the 20th century. The exhibition offers an impressive survey of his entire career, from the earliest works in the late 1960s down to his premature death.
The more than 200 works throw new light on the main themes in his photography: portraits – of himself, his friends and
celebrities – nudes and still-lifes. Rare letters, books and notes show Mapplethorpe’s personal bond with his models, his talent in running a successful studio, and his ambition to raise photography to the status of fine art. The exhibition provides insight into the artist’s way of working and presents his experimental and improvisatory side as well as the aesthetic and technical perfection of his work.
- Robert Mapplethorpe - Self-Portrait (1975). Jointly acquired by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and The J. Paul Getty Trust.
- Robert Mapplethorpe - Self-Portrait (1980). Los Angeles County Museum of Art and The J. Paul Getty Trust
Kunsthal Rotterdam is housed in a striking building designed by Rotterdam s OMA/Rem Koolhaas architectural practice and was opened in 1992. Since then, the Kunsthal has put culture in the widest sense of the word on show, from elitist to popular.
In the Netherlands and Belgium, pigeon racing is in decline and pigeon fanciers are an ageing community. In the United Kingdom the sport is still practiced enthusiastically and in Asia it is positively booming. The English photographer Zak Waters followed several clubs of enthusiastic participants and aficionados, also known as ‘colombophiles’.
Conny Janssen Dances is exactly the same age as the Kunsthal! Therefore, its 25th anniversary is reason for an inspiring, 'extra-large' cross-fertilization between the Kunsthal building, the art, the dancers and the public.