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Robert Mapplethorpe










Robert Mapplethorpe

a perfectionist

22 April to 27 August 2017


From Saturday 22 April the Kunsthal Rotterdam will present 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 career, from the collages and polaroids in the late 1960s and 1970s to the iconic images and masterly compositions that made him famous. More than 200 objects throw new light on his preferred genres: portraiture, self-portraiture, the nude, and still life.


The Kunsthal is delighted to be the only European venue to present this special exhibition, organised by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the J. Paul Getty Museum in collaboration with the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. For more information about the exhibition please see the first press release.




Press preview Friday 21 April 11 am

The press preview of ‘Robert Mapplethorpe, a perfectionist’ will be held on Friday 21 April, starting at 11 am, in the presence of Kunsthal director Emily Ansenk, Charlotte van Lingen, curator of the Kunsthal, Britt Salvesen, curator of the LACMA and Michael Stout, President of the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Accreditation required via


Opening Saturday 22 April 5.30 pm

The exhibition will be opened by choreographer Hans van Manen, with an introduction by Britt Salvesen, curator of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The press is welcome to attend the opening. Accreditation is mandatory, please send an email to


Special tours opening weekend, Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 April

During the opening weekend of ‘Robert Mapplethorpe, a perfectionist’ there are special tours of the exhibition. Registration The tour is free of charge upon display of a valid Kunsthal admission ticket (and with your booking confirmation for the special tour). The Museumkaart and Rotterdampas are also valid. Kunsthal Friends are first in line.

Saturday 22 April 2 – 2.45 pm: Britt Salvesen, curator of the Los Angeles County Museum of Arts (LACMA), English spoken tour.

Saturday 22 April 3 – 3.45 pm: Charlotte van Lingen, senior curator Kunsthal Rotterdam, Dutch spoken tour.

Sunday 23 April 2 – 2.45 pm: Michael Stout, friend of Robert Mapplethorpe and President of The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, English spoken tour.

Sunday 23 April 3 – 3.45 pm: Ben van der Sluijs, lector Philosophy of Culture at Codarts, Dutch spoken tour.


Masterclass Erwin Olaf, Thursday 11 May

In cooperation with the Willem de Kooning Academy, the Kunsthal organises a Masterclass by Erwin Olaf, exclusively for students. More information will soon be available on


Naked Tour, Saturday 24 June

On Saturday 24 June, the Kunsthal is organising a Naked Tour of the exhibition. Visitors can experience an exceptional guided tour, undressed, of Robert Mapplethorpe’s photography. The human body forms the main focus in a large part of Mapplethorpe’s work. He is unrivalled in recording the naked body sculpturally in photography. Following the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in Canada, where the exhibition was presented earlier this year, the Kunsthal is offering the public an extra experience with this guided tour. Further information about the programme, tickets and how to book will follow shortly at

 Persafbeeldingen bij de tentoonstelling
Press images for the exhibition
Robert Mapplethorpe een perfectionist
Robert Mapplethorpe a perfectionist
22 april t/m 27 augustus 2017
22 April till 27 August 2017

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