ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE | 13th March | Helsinki

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TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Portrait of Robert Mapplethorpe , 1979, Pen and ink on paper, 21.25” x 28.00”, © 1979 Tom of Finland Foundation

TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Portrait of Robert Mapplethorpe , 1979, Pen and ink on paper, 21.25” x 28.00”, © 1979 Tom of Finland Foundation

The American photographer Robert Mapplethorpe (1946–1989) lived a life of passion in the New York underground and rock scenes in the 1970s and 80s. That passion also made its way into his art.

Consisting of more than 250 works, the retrospective exhibition in the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma offers a broad overview of the key periods of Mapplethorpe’s career. In their aspiration for perfection, Mapplethorpe’s pictures blend beauty and eroticism with pain, pleasure and death. Mapplethorpe also photographed his celebrity friends such as Patti Smith, Andy Warhol and Richard Gere. Although solidly anchored in their time, his photographs are also universal and topical even today.

Arriving from Paris to Helsinki, the high-profile exhibition is a unique opportunity to learn about the art and life of one of the most important photographic artists of our time. The exhibition is curated by Jérôme Neutres from Paris with Director Pirkko Siitari and Chief Curator Marja Sakari from Kiasma.

Runs through 13th September, 2015

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