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An Unexpected Dialogue: Mapplethorpe and Rodin

An Unexpected Dialogue: Mapplethorpe and Rodin

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Robert Mapplethorpe and Auguste Rodin had seemingly little in common as artists, but shared themes emerge in a new exhibition.

Robert Mapplethorpe said he could "see things like they were sculptures. It depends on how that form exists within the space." So the Musee Rodin's comparison of his photographs to the work of Auguste Rodin is unexpected but perhaps on to something.

The exhibit includes 50 sculptures by Rodin and 102 photographs on loan from the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Looking at them side by side reveals shared themes: movement and tension, light and shadow, eroticism, and damnation.

Mapplethorpe was gay; Rodin was straight. But in the exquisite staged perfection of Mapplethorpe's photography and the raw brutality of Rodin's sculpture we are introduced to a common, sensual perspective on both men and women.

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Now through September 21, Musee Rodin, Paris
See more at: Musee-Rodin.fr

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