Mapplethorpe at Musee Rodin

A trip to Paris has to include a trip to a museum. It’s just the way it is. I don’t make the rules I just follow them.

Luckily I choose an early morning visit to the Musee Rodin where it just so happened there was a Robert Mapplethrope exhibition taking place.

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I never really thought of comparing to the two but placed side by side there are number of similarities. Their obsession with parts of the human form and the sexual nature of human beings along with their use of the body as a way of creating stark abstract shapes that are still recognizably human.

Up to this point Mapplethorpe has been an artist I’ve respected rather than liked but this exhibit totally reinvented him for me as a sculptor, using light rather than marble as a medium.

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