Until January 7th, 2012, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris is displaying Sofia Coppola’s take on Robert Mapplethorpe. It would be a shame to miss out on it if you’re in the city for the holidays!
This is not the first time Robert Mapplethorpe’s photographs have been ‘celebirty curated’, in fact, previous big names who’ve done the same include David Hockney, Hedi Slimane, Cindy Sherman and most recently Pedro Almodóvar.
Sofia Coppola, as we all know, is a film director, screenwriter, and producer with a number of ‘cult’ films under her belt including: The Virgin Suicides (1999), Lost in Translation (2003) and Marie Antoinette (2006). Somewhere (2010), her most recent film, received the Golden Lion during the 67th Venice Film Festival.
Coppola selected images from the collections of the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation in New York, London’s Tate Modern, the Guggenheim and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. By using rarely seen and little-known images by Mapplethorpe, Coppola created an exhibition which can be found to reflect her work very much.
“Coppola’s innate sense of beauty is something she has in common with Robert Mapplethorpe. She knows how to emphasize, in the silence of suspended moments, the tenderness and emotion present in the artist’s work.” – Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac
Inspired by images, the American director often uses photographs to orient the visual concept of her films. She draws inspiration from a ‘scrapbook’ of images pulled from magazines or others snapped with her own camera. Viewers visiting the Paris exhibition can easily feel like they’re looking at a mood board for a film.