Rodin sculptures meet Mapplethorpe photos in Paris art show
Monday, April 14, 2014 - 01:17
April 14 - A new exhibition explores connections between beloved French sculptor August Rodin and controversial U.S. photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. Sharon Reich reports.
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They don't seem like a pair with much in common. Born in different centuries and on opposite sides of the Atlantic.
Yet a new exhibit highlights the connections between French sculptor August Rodin and American photographer Robert Mapplethorpe bringing a glimmer of 1980s New York to historic Paris.
Much of Mapplethorpe's work centers on monochromatic male nudes that were often his lovers -- while Rodin is celebrated as a pioneering modern sculptor whose masterpieces included 'The Thinker' and 'The Kiss'.
So what's the connection?
Exhibition curator Helene Pinet explains.
SOUNDBITE: Helene Pinet, exhibition curator, saying (French):
"We put them together because they were both passionate about the human body. Both of them expressed it -- one in photography and the other in sculpture -- and it happens they developed a common vocabulary so it was interesting to confront them both, or rather to create a dialogue between the two artists."
The similarities are in fact striking. Pinet highlights echoes of Rodin's forms throughout Mapplethorpe's works.
The artists have much in common personally too -- both courted controversy in their time, shared an interest in sexuality and had numerous relationships with their models.
The exhibition runs thru September 21st at the Rodin Museum, which was once the famed sculptor's home.
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