BIOGRAPHY

Robert Mapplethorpe

(1946 - 1989)

Born in 1946, Floral Park, US


Education

1966-69     B.F.A. in Graphic Arts, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, US (Dropout)


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2021
Robert Mapplethorpe: More Life, Kukje Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2020
Robert Mapplethorpe: Selected by Robert Wilson / Robert Mapplethorpe: XYZ Portfolios, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany  

2019    
Robert Mapplethorpe: Artist Portraits, Mignoni, New York, US
Robert Mapplethorpe: Still Life, Galería Elvira González, Madrid, Spain                      
Implicit Tensions: Mapplethorpe Now, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, US
Robert Mapplethorpe, Mai 36 Galerie, Zurich, Switzerland

2018    
Robert Mapplethorpe: Pictures, Fundaçao Serralves, Porto, Portugal                         
Robert Mapplethorpe, Gladstone Gallery, New York, US

2017    
Robert Mapplethorpe: Objects, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria (traveled to  Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France)
Robert Mapplethorpe, Xavier Hufkens, Brussels, Belgium

2016    
Robert Mapplethorpe: Icon, McCabe Fine Art, Stockholm, Sweden                           
Robert Mapplethorpe - On the Edge, ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Aarhus, Denmark
Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium, Los Angeles County Museum of Art / J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, US (Traveled to Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, Canada, 2016 - 2017; Kunsthal Rotterdam, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 2017; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, 2017 – 2018)

2015    
Robert Mapplethorpe: Femmes, Mai 36 Galerie, Zurich, Switzerland
Robert Mapplethorpe: Unique, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, US                  

2014    
Robert Mapplethorpe: Sell the Public Flower, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany Mapplethorpe, Photographs & Polaroids, Charles Riva Collection, Brussels, Belgium       
Robert Mapplethorpe, Grand Palais, Paris, France (Traveled to Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland, 2015)
ARTIST ROOMS: Robert Mapplethorpe, Tate Modern, London, UK (Traveled to Clydebank Museum and Art Gallery, Clydebank, Scotland; Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth, Wales; The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, UK, 2015)

2013    
Robert Mapplethorpe: Saints and Sinners, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, US
Robert Mapplethorpe: Fashion Show, Alison Jacques Gallery, London, UK
Robert Mapplethorpe: Fetish, Galerie Stefan Röpke, Cologne, Germany
Robert Mapplethorpe: Figure and Flower Studies, Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, US

2012    
In Focus: Robert Mapplethorpe, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, US
Robert Mapplethorpe: XYZ, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, US

2011    
Robert Mapplethorpe: 50 Americans, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, US          
Robert Mapplethorpe: Night Work, Alison Jacques Gallery, London, UK
Robert Mapplethorpe: Desired, Galeri Nev, Istanbul, Turkey

2010    
Robert Mapplethorpe: Eros and Order, Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina  

2009    
Robert Mapplethorpe: A Season in Hell, Alison Jacques Gallery, London, UK
Robert Mapplethorpe: Silver Prints and Polaroids in Context, Galerie Stefan Röpke, Cologne, Germany
Robert Mapplethorpe: Women, Weinstein Gallery, Minneapolis, US

2008   
Mapplethorpe: Polaroids, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, US (Traveled to Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art, Chicago, 2009; Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, 2009)
Robert Mapplethorpe: 50 New York Artists and Other Portraits, Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, US

2007    
Vanitas: Robert Mapplethorpe, Galeria Pepe Cobo, Madrid, Spain
Robert Mapplethorpe’s Y Portfolio, MIT List Visual Arts Centre, Cambridge, US

2006    
Robert Mapplethorpe: Still Moving & Lady, Alison Jacques Gallery, London, UK

2005    
Sacred and Profane / Sagrado y Profano, Fototeca de Cuba, Havana, Cuba
Robert Mapplethorpe: Neoclassicism, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, US
Robert Mapplethorpe, Alison Jacques Gallery, London, UK
Robert Mapplethorpe: Flowers, Galleri Skarstedt, Stockholm, Sweden

2004    
Robert Mapplethorpe: Body Part, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France
Robert Mapplethorpe, Black Nude Man, Galeria Senda Espai 292, Barcelona, Spain
Robert Mapplethorpe and the Classical Tradition: Photographs and Mannerist Prints, Deutsche Guggenheim Museum, Berlin (Traveled to The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia, 2004-2005; Moscow House of Photography, Moscow, Russia, 2005; The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, US, 2005; The Guggenheim Hermitage Museum, Las Vegas, US, 2006–2007)

2003 
Robert Mapplethorpe: Eye to Eye, Kelly Gallery, New York, US
Robert Mapplethorpe: Flower Photographs, Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, US

2002          
Polaroids 1971–1975: Robert Mapplethorpe, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany
Robert Mapplethorpe. Museum of Contemporary Art, Sapporo, Japan (Traveled to Daimaru Museum, Tokyo, Japan 2002; Daimaru Museum, Shinsaibashi-Osaka, Japan, 2003)

2001 
Robert Mapplethorpe, Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, US

2000 
Robert Mapplethorpe: Artists’ Portraits, Black Male Torsos, Flowers, Horses, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria
Robert Mapplethorpe: Auto-Portrait Polaroids of the 1970s, Cheim and Read, New York, US          

1999 
Robert Mapplethorpe: Flowers, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany
Robert Mapplethorpe, Centre Cultural La Beneficencia, Valencia, Spain
Photographs: 1982 – 1985, Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, US

1998 
Robert Mapplethorpe: Works From 1971-1989, Xavier Hufkens, Brussels, Belgium

1997  
Mapplethorpe, Museo Alejandro Otero, Caracas, Venezuela

1996   
Les Autoportraits de Mapplethorpe, Galerie Baudoin Lebon, Paris, France
Photosommer: Robert Mapplethorpe–Polaroids, Galerie Stefan Röpke, Cologne, Germany
Right From the Start: The Early Polaroids of Robert Mapplethorpe, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, Australia

1993 
Robert Mapplethorpe: Self-Portraits, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, US

1992 
Robert Mapplethorpe, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark (Traveled to Centro di Documentazione di Palazzo Fortuny, Venice, Italy, 1992; Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Turin, Italy, 1992; Moderna Museet, Stockholm,1992; Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Prato, Italy, 1993; Residence of Embassador Negroponte, Manila, Philippines ,1993; Museo Pecci Prato, Prato, Italy, 1993; Turun Taidemuseo, Turku, Finland,1993; Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels, Belgium, 1993; Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel      Aviv, Israel, 1994); Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona, Spain, 1994; KunstHaus, Wien, Vienna, Austria,1994; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia, 1995; Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, Australia, 1995; City Gallery Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand, 1995; Hayward Gallery, London, UK, 1996; Gallery of Photography, Dublin, Ireland, 1996; Museo de Art Moderna, São Paulo, Brazil, 1997; Staatdgalerie, Stuttgart, 1997)

1991          
Lady, ACE Gallery, Los Angeles, US

1990 
Robert Mapplethorpe, Martina Hamilton Gallery, New York, US

1989 
Robert Mapplethorpe En Retrospective, Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Citadelpark, Gent, Belgium

1988 
Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Moment, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, US
Robert Mapplethorpe, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, US
Mapplethorpe Portraits, National Portrait Gallery, London, UK
Robert Mapplethorpe: Ten by Ten, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

1987          
Robert Mapplethorpe 1986, Raab Galerie, Berlin / Kicken-Pausenback, Cologne, Germany
Robert Mapplethorpe: Photograph, Claus Runkel Fine Art Ltd., London, UK

1986 
Robert Mapplethorpe: Photographs 1976-1985, Australian Center for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, Australia

1985 
Robert Mapplethorpe: Recent Work in Platinum, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, US
Robert Mapplethorpe: Black Flowers, Galeria Fernando Vijande, Madrid, Spain
Process, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York, US

1984  
Matrix 80, Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, US
Robert Mapplethorpe: Terrae Motus, Fondazione Lucio Amelio, Naples, Italy

1983 
Robert Mapplethorpe Flowers, Galerie Watari, Tokyo, Japan
Lady, Lisa Lyon, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, US (Traveled to Rüdiger Schöttle Galerie, Munich, Germany; Fotografie Galerie, Dusseldorf, Germany; Olympus Gallery, London, UK)
Robert Mapplethorpe, Centre National d’Art et de Culture Georges Pompidou, Paris, France

1982 
Black Males, Galleria il Ponte, Rome, Italy

1981 
Robert Mapplethorpe, Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Germany (Traveled to Fotogalerie Forum Stadtpark, Graz, Austria; Modern Art Galerie, Vienna; PPS Galerie F.C. Gundlach, Hamburg; Kunsthalle, Basel; Kunstverein, Munich; and Nikon Foto Galerie, Zurich)

1980 
Black And White Photographs, In a Plain Brown Wrapper Gallery, Chicago, US
Robert Mapplethorpe, Van Reekum Museum, Apeldoorn, The Netherlands

1979    
Contact, Robert Miller Gallery, New York, US
Robert Mapplethorpe: Foto’s/ Photographs. Galerie Jurka, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

1978    
Censored, 80 Langton Street Gallery, San Francisco, US
X Portfolio, Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, US

1977    
Flowers, Holly Solomon Gallery, New York, US

1973    
Polaroids, Light Gallery, New York, US


Selected Group Exhibitions

2020    
Photography's Last Century: The Ann Tenenbaum and Thomas H. Lee Collection, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, US
Psychic Wounds: On Art & Trauma, The Warehouse, Dallas, US
Masculinities: Liberation through Photography, Barbican Art Gallery, London, UK (Traveling to LUMA Foundation, Arles, France, 2020; Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany, 2020 – 2021)
Unseen: 35 Years of Collecting Photographs, Center for Photographs, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, US
Body Performance, Helmut Newton Foundation, Berlin, Germany

2019    
Shape of Light: Defining Photographs from the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, US
Vantage Points: Contemporary Photography from the Whitney Museum of American Art, Peoria Riverfront Museum, Peoria, US
Look At Me! The Body in Art from the 1950s up to today, Fondazione Ghisla Art Collection, Locarno, Switzerland
1989 - Culture and Politics, National museum, Stockholm, Sweden
Blossomed and Captured: Flowers in Photography / Aufgeblüht und abgelichtet, Blumen in der Fotografie, Galerie Stihl Waiblingen, Waiblingen, Germany
ARTIST ROOMS Self Evidence: Woodman, Arbus and Mapplethorpe, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland

2018    
Objects to Identify, Morán Morán, Los Angeles, US
American Masters, 1940-1980, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Parkes, Australia
DRAG: Self-portraits and Body Politics, Hayward Gallery, London, UK
Safe, Gladstone Gallery, New York, US
Flowers, Ordovas Gallery, London, UK
IN THE CUT – The Male Body in Feminist Art, STADTGALERIE SAARBRÜCKEN, Saarbrücken, Germany
Robert Mapplethorpe / Kilian Rüthemann, Xavier Laboulbenne, Berlin, Germany

2017    
BLACK AND WHITE REVELATION, Baudoin Lebon, Paris, France
Dress Matters: Clothing as Metaphor, Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block, Tucson, US
La Parte Más Bella / The Most Beautiful Part, Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes and Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City, Mexico
The Unflinching Gaze: Photo Media & the Male Figure, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, Bathurst, Australia
Histórias da Sexualidade, Museu de Arte São Paolo, São Paolo, Brazil
Powermask, The Power of Masks, Wereldmuseum Rotterdam, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
This Is Not a Selfie, Curated by Deborah Irmas and Eve Schillo. San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, US
Blurred Lines: A Matter of Attitude, Ulster Museum, Belfast, Northern Ireland
The Polaroid Project: At the Intersection of Art and Technology, Amon Carter Museum of Art, Fort Worth TX, US (Traveled to WestLicht Museum for Photography, Vienna, Austria, 2017- 2018; Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany, 2018; Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany, 2018; C/O Berlin, Berlin, Germany, 2018; National Museum of Singapore, Singapore, 2018-2019; Musée McCord, Montréal, Canada, 2019; List Visual Arts Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, US, 2019-2020)
Eternal Youth, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, US

2016    
REBEL REBEL: Art+Rock, Musée des Arts Contemporains au Grand Hornu, Brussels, Belgium
Gay Gotham: Art and Underground Culture in New York, Museum of the City of New York, New York, US
Facing the World | Self-Portraits Rembrandt to Ai Weiwei, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
Vanitas, Agnews Gallery, London, UK
Performing for the Camera, Tate Modern, London, UK
Mapplethorpe + Munch, The Munch Museum, Oslo, Norway

2015    
Warhol & Mapplethorpe: Guise & Dolls, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, US
La Joie de Vivre, Grand Palais, Paris, France
Perfect Likeness: Photography and Composition, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, US
In The Garden, George Eastman House, Rochester, US
Flaesh, Rudolfinum Prague, Prague, Czech Republic
America Is Hard to See, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, US
Arts & Foods, Fondazione La Triennale Di Milano, Milan, Italy
The Story Of A Bad Boy, espacio artkunstarte, Madrid, Spain
In the Studio, Gagosian Gallery, New York, US
A Strong Smell of Incense, Pace London, London, UK

2014    
Urban Theater: NY Art in the 1980s, The Modern Art Museum Fort Worth, New York, US
Formes Simples, Centre Pompidou-Metz, Metz, France
Mapplethorpe/Rodin, Musée Rodin, Paris, France
American Cool, National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C., US

2013    
The Classical Nude and the Making of Queer History, Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York, US
Masculin / Masculin: l'homme nu dans l'art de 1800 à nos jours, Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France
Shadowplay: Transgressive Photography from the Hood Museum of Art, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, US
Flowers and Mushrooms, Museum der Moderne-Monchsberg, Salzburg, Austria
The Polaroid Years: Instant Photography and Experimentation, Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, US (Traveled to Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, Evanston, US)

2012    
Death: A Self-Portrait, The Wellcome Collection, London, UK
From Van Gogh to FaceTime: Self-portraits in the 20th and 21st Centuries, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen, Denmark
By Way of These Eyes: The Hyland Collection of American Photography, American Museum in Britain, Bath, UK
Controversy: The Power of Art, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Mornington, Australia
Mapplethorpe and Michael Sayles, Xavier Laboulbenne, Berlin, Germany
This Will Have Been: Art, Love, and Politics in the 1980s, MCA, Chicago, US (Traveled to Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis, 2012; ICA Boston, Boston, US, 2012-2013)

2011    
Out of the Dark Room: The David Kronn Collection, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
Polaroid [Im]Possible, WestLicht Schauplatz für Fotografie, Vienna, Austria
Off the Wall/Fora da Parede, Fundaçao Serralves, Porto, Portugal
Unsettled: Photography and Politics in Contemporary Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, US
Heroínas, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, Spain
Legacy: The Emily Fisher Landau Collection, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, US

2010    
HIDE/SEEK: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., US (Traveled to Brooklyn Museum, New York, US, 2011-2012; Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, US, 2012)
Disquieting Images, Fondazione Triennale di Milano, Milan, Italy
Jean-Michel Basquiat, Robert Mapplethorpe, Mayumi Terada, Robert Miller Gallery, New York, US
Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera Since 1870, Tate Modern, London, UK (Traveled to San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, US, 2010-2011; Walker Art Museum, Minneapolis, US, 2011)
Revealed: The Tradition of Male Homoerotic Art, Central Connecticut State University Art Galleries, New Britain, US
In the Vernacular, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, US
Keeping it Real: From the ready-made to the everyday, The D. Daskalopoulos Collection. Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK

2009    
Sterling Ruby / Robert Mapplethorpe, Brussels, Belgium
Tears of Eros, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza and Fundación Caja Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Shake It: An Instant History of the Polaroid, Pump House Gallery, London, UK
Messiások / Messiahs: Western man and the idea of redemption in modern and contemporary visual arts, MODEM Centre for Modern & Contemporary Arts, Debrecen, Hungary
The Portrait: Photography as a Stage, From Robert Mapplethorpe to Nan Goldin, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria
Go Figure, Gagosian Gallery, New York, US
sh(OUT): Contemporary Art and Human Rights, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex art and culture, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow, Scotland
Everywhere: Sexual Diversity Politics in Art, Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de Compostela, Spain

2008    
Political Correct, BFAS Blondeau Fine Art Services, Geneva, Switzerland
Female Trouble: Die Kamera als Spiegel und Bühne weiblicher Inszenierungen, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany

2007    
Seduced: Art & Sex from Antiquity to Now, Barbican Art Gallery, London, UK
Exposures: The Contemporary Self-Portrait, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria
Guggenheim Collection: 1940s to Now, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
Role Exchange. Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, US
The Naked Portrait, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland (Traveled to Compton Verney, Warwickshire, UK, 2007)
Conceptual Photography 1964–1989, Zwirner and Wirth Gallery, New York, US
Pretty Baby, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, US
Flower Motifs From Five Centuries: Paintings, Drawings and Photography, Galerie Schloss Fuschl/Galerie Bernheimer, Salzburg, Austria

2006    
Photography and the Self: The Legacy of F. Holland Day. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, US
Primitivism Revisited: After the End of an Idea, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, US
Eros in der kunst der moderne. Fondation Beyeler, Basel, Switzerland (Traveled to: BA-CA Kunstforum, Wien, Austria, 2007)
Surprise, Surprise, Institute of Contemporary Art, London, UK
Flutter, The Approach, London, UK
Into Me/Out of Me, MoMA PS1, Long Island City, US (Traveled to Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany, 2007)
Good Vibrations: Le Arti Visive e il Rock, Palazzo delle Papesse Centro Arte Contemporanea, Siena, Italy
Mapplethorpe / Warhol: Celebrity Portraits, Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles and Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, US
Potentially Harmful: The Art of American Censorship, The Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design Gallery, Atlanta, US
Martin Maloney, Robert Mapplethorpe, Jack Pierson, Galerie Xavier Hufkens, Brussels, Belgium

2005    
The Vanity of Allegory, Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin, Germany
The Subjective Figure, Robert Miller Gallery, New York, US
London in Six Easy Steps: The Real Me, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK

2004    
Surface Beauty: Photographic Reflections On Glass and China, National Gallery of Art, Canberra, Australia
The Flower as Image, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark
Rose c’est la vie: On Flowers in Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
Speaking With Hands: Photographs from the Buhl Collection, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, US
Flowers Observed, Flowers Transformed, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, US
Istinti Istantanei—Arte in Polaroid/Instant Instincts—Art in Polaroid, in the works of Nobuyoshi Araki, Robert Mapplethorpe, Carlo Mollino, Yasumasa Morimura and Mario Schifano, Galleria In Arco, Turin, Italy
material-immaterial, Kunsthalle Mannheim, Mannheim, Germany
The Nude: Ideal and Reality, A History of the Nude from Neoclassicism to Today, Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Bologna, Italy

2003    
Only Skin Deep, Changing Visions of the American Self, International Center of Photography, New York, US (Traveled to: Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, US, 2004)
Phantom der Lust: Visionen des Masochismus in der Kunst, Gesellschaft der Freunde der Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz, Austria
Veil: Veiling, Representation and Contemporary Art, Institute of International Visual Arts, London, UK

2002    
Pandemic: Imaging Aids, Museum d’art Contemporani de Barcelona / FAD Convent dels Angels, Barcelona, Spain (Traveled to The Apartheid Museum, Johannesburg, South Africa; The United Nations Vision Gallery, New York, US; Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia, 2003)
Desire, Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Bologna, Italy
The Great American Nude, The Bruce Museum, Greenwich, US

2001    
The Nature of Still Life, Galleria d'Arte Moderna di Bologna, Bologna, Italy
APPEARANCES: Photographic Portraits, Wessel + O’Connor, New York, US
Promiscuous Flowers: Robert Mapplethorpe and Nobuyoshi Araki, Niitsu Museum of Art, Niitsu, Japan (Traveled to Odakyu Museum, 2002; Museum Eki, Kyoto, Japan, 2002)

2000    
Chorus of Light: Photographs From the Sir Elton John Collection, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, US
Dance, Dance, Dance, Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor, US
Ecstasy, Wessel + O’Connor, New York, US
São Paulo Art Biennial, Pavilhão Ciccillo Matarazzo da Fundação Bienal de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

1999    
Rock Style, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, US
Ghost in the Shell: Photography and the Human Soul, 1850–2000. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, US
Love & Desire – Between Neoclassicism and Neuroticism, Galleria Photology, Milan, Italy
Il Sentimento del 2000, Triennale di Milano, Milan, Italy

1998    
Love's Body: rethinking Naked and Nude in Photography, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo, Japan (Traveled to Suntory Museum, Osaka, Japan, 1999)
From Warhol to Mapplethorpe: Three Decades of Art at ICA, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, US
Three Catholics: Andy Warhol, Ed Ruscha, and Robert Mapplethorpe, Cheim & Read, New York, US
Beyond Belief: Modern Art in the Religious Imagination, National Gallery of Art, Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
Photographs: Thomas Joshua Cooper, Robert Mapplethorpe, Gordon Matta-Clark, Allan McCollum, Katharina Sieverding, Juan Uslé, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany

1997    
Tabletops: Morandi's Still Lifes to Mapplethorpe's Flower Studies, California Center for the Arts Museum, Escondido, US
Amours, Fondation Cartier pour l’Art contemporain, Paris, France
The Coincident Eye, 123 Watts Gallery, New York, US
Rrose is a Rrose is a Rrose: Gender Performance in Photography, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, US
Biennale de Firenze, Florence, Italy

1996    
Music & Sex, Texas Gallery, Houston, US
Consensus and Conflict: The Flag in American Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Stamford, US
Delirium, Ricco/Maresca Gallery, New York, US
Sex & Crime: Von den Verhältnissen der Menschen, Sprengel Museum, Hannover, Germany
The Gun: Icon of Twentieth Century Art, Ubu Gallery, New York, US

1995    
Inside Out: Psychological Self-Portraiture, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, US
Degrees of Abstraction: From Morris Louis to Mapplethorpe, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, US
The Garden of Earthly Delights: Weston and Mapplethorpe, UCR Arts, California Museum of Photography Collection, Riverside, US (Traveled to The Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, US, 1995; International Center for Photography, New York, US, 1995)

1994    
Black Male: Representations of Masculinity in Contemporary American Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, US
Investigations 10: Face to Face, Recent Portrait Photography, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, US
The Shaman as Artist, the Artist as Shaman, The Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, US

1993    
Form: Female, Richard Green Gallery, Santa Monica, US
In Dialogue: The Art of Elsa Rady and Robert Mapplethorpe, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, US
A Moment Becomes Eternity: Flowers as Image, Bergen Museum of Art and Science, Paramus, US
Almodóvar, Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy
Here’s Looking at Me —Contemporary Self-Portrait, Espace Lyonnais d'Art, Contemporain, Lyon, France
The Image of the Body, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Germany

1992    
Flora Photographica, Hayward Gallery, London, UK (Traveled to Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1992; Manchester City Art Galleries, Manchester, UK, 1993; Mead Gallery, Coventry, UK,1993)
Becher Mapplethorpe Sherman, Museo de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico
From Media to Metaphor: Art About AIDS. Emerson Gallery, Hamilton College, Clinton, US (Traveled to Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA, 1992; Sharadin Art Gallery, Kutztown University, Kutztown, US, 1992; Musée d'Art Contemporain de Montréal, Quebec, Canada, 1992; Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, US, 1993; McKissick Museum, The University of South Carolina, Columbia, US, 1993; Fine Art Gallery, Indiana University, Bloomington, US, 1993; Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, US, 1993; Grey Art Gallery, New York University, New York, US, 1994)
The Midtown Flower Show. Midtown Payson Galleries, New York, US

1991    
From Desire… A Queer Diary, Richard F. Brush Art Gallery, St. Lawrence University, Canton, US
Body, Body, Renée Fotouhi Fine Art West, East Hampton, US
Erotic Desire, Perspektief Rotterdam, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Framed, Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco, US
The Body in Question, Burden Gallery / Aperture Foundation, New York, US

1990    
Botanica: The Secret Life of Plants, Lehman College Art Gallery, City University of New York, New York, US
Jan Fabre Theaterarbeiten, Fotografien von Robert Mapplethorpe, Helmut Newton und Carl De Keyzer, Fotogalerie Forum, Frankfurt, Germany
Robert Mapplethorpe: Flowers/André Kertész: Vintage Photographs, G. Ray Hawkins Gallery, Los Angeles, US
The Fugitive Gesture, Duke University Museum of Art, Durham, US

1989    
CENSORED! AN EVENING OF OBJECTIONABLE ART, Hallwalls, Buffalo, US
L’invention d’un Art, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
To Probe & to Push: Artists of Provocation, Wessel O’Connor Gallery, New York, US
Taboo, Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, US
Les Krims, William Klein, Irving Penn, Duane Michaels, Robert Mapplethorpe, Mai 36 Galerie, Berlin, Germany
Self and Shadow, Burden Gallery / Aperture Foundation, New York, US

1988    
Identity: Representations of the Self, Whitney Museum of American Art, Federal Reserve Plaza, New York, US
Mapplethorpe, Prince, Ruff, Wall, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York, US
The Fugitive Gesture: Masterpieces of Dance Photography, 1849 to the Present, National Museum of Dance, Saratoga Springs, US
The Flower Show, Betsy Rosenfield Greenhouse, Inc., Chicago, US

1987    
Legacy of Light, International Center of Photography, New York, US
Portrait: Faces of the ‘80s, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, US

1986    
Paravent: Extending the Range of Expression, Artspace, San Francisco, US
Invitation: La Revue Parkett, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
Sacred Images in Secular Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Downtown Branch, New York, US
A Matter of Scale, Rockland Center for the Arts and Blue Hill Plaza Associates, Pearl River, US
Contemporary Issues III, Holman Hall Art Gallery, Trenton State College, Trenton, US
intimate/INTIMATE, Turman Gallery, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, US
Rules of the Game: Culture Defining Gender, Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, Amherst, US

1985    
Nude, Naked, Stripped, Hayden Gallery, List Visual Arts Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, US
Memento Mori, Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, US
Home Work, Holly Solomon Gallery, New York, US
Picture-Taking: Weegee, Walker Evans, Sherrie Levine, Robert Mapplethorpe, Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, Evanston, US

1984    
The Heroic Figure, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, US (Traveled to: Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, US; Alexandria Museum/Visual Art Center, Alexandria, US; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, US)
Investigations 10: Face to Face, Recent Portrait Photography, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, US
Allegories of the Human Form: A Photography Exhibit, Dowd Fine Arts Center Gallery, State University of New York, Cortland, US
Armed, Interim Art, London, UK
Sex-Specific: Photographic Investigations of Contemporary Sexuality, Superior Street Gallery, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, US
Twelve on 20 x 24, The New England Foundation for the Arts, Cambridge, US (Traveled to: Grossman Gallery, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, US; Westbrook College, Portland, US; Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, US; Smith College Museum, Northampton, US; Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, US)

1983    
New Perspectives on the Nude, The Foto Gallery, Wales, UK
New Art, Tate Gallery, London, UK
The Horse Show, Robert Freidus Gallery, New York, US

1982    
The Crucifix Show, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York, US
The Erotic Impulse, Roger Litz Gallery, New York, US
Documenta 7, Museum Fridericianum/ Neue Galerie / Orangerie/ Karlsaue, Kassel, Germany
Counterparts: Form and Emotion in Photographs, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, US
The Black Male Image, Harlem Exhibition Space, New York, US

1981    
Instant Fotografie, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
New York/New Wave, MoMA PS1, Long Island City, US
1981 Biennial Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, US

1980    
Quattro Fotografi Differenti = Four Different Photographer: Barbara Kruger, Judith Linn, Robert Mapplethorpe, Charles Taub, Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy
Presences: The Figure and Manmade Environments, Freedman Gallery, Albright College, Reading, US

1979    
People Watching, Museum of Modern Art, New York, US
Attitudes: Photography in the 1970s, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, US

1978    
Mirrors and Windows: American Photography Since 1960, Museum of Modern Art, New York, US

1977    
Documenta 6, Museum Fridericianum, Kassel, West Germany

1976    
Animals, Holly Solomon Gallery, New York, US
Summer Group Show, 1976, Holly Solomon Gallery, New York, US

1974    
Recent Religious and Ritual Art, Buecker and Harpsichords, New York, US

1973    
Soft as Art, The New York Cultural Center, New York, US
Polaroids: Robert Mapplethorpe, Brigid Polk, Andy Warhol, Gotham Book Mart, New York, US


Selected Public and Private Collections

Fundação Serralves, Porto, Portugal
Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, Hawaii
Israel Museum of Art, Jerusalem, Israel
Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, US
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen, Denmark
Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, US
Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
Musée des Arts Contemporains au Grand-Hornu, Boussu, Belgium
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain
Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, US
National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., US
National Gallery of Australia, Parkes, Canberra, Australia
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C., US
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, US
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Tate Modern, London, UK
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, US
Uffizi / Galleria dell'Accademia Collection, Florence, Italy
Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, US
Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama, Japan



EXHIBITIONS

Robert Mapplethorpe : More Life
Feb 18, 2021 - Mar 28, 2021

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Robert Mapplethorpe (Busan)

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