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Robert Mapplethorpe 1979–1989

June 3, 2016 – July 31, 2016

Galeri Nev Istanbul, Kemankeş Karamustafa Paşa Mahallesi, Mumhane Caddesi No. 46, Beyoğlu


This is the second solo exhibition by the immensely talented American photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in Istanbul; the first was held five years ago, also at Galeri Nev Istanbul, as the gallery represents the artist in Turkey. Rather than focus on his documentary works, such as the self-portraits, Polaroids and S&M photos, this exhibition presents some of his lesser-known photographs.

Curated by Serra Yentürk, the show aims to reveal the most vital aspects of Mapplethorpe’s art. As visitors will see, his simplistic compositions demonstrate a grand temperance and an obsessive care in the forms – it’s purely the form he’s after, not the symbols they carry.


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