Robert Mapplethorpe: XYZ Portfolios / Robert Mapplethorpe selected by Robert Wilson
on view by appointment, through May 9th, 2020, at Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin
Robert Mapplethorpe´s preeminent X, Y, and Z Portfolios will be shown together for the first time in Berlin at Galerie Thomas Schulte. This is the second time the complete suits have been shown together in Germany since 1997. Created between 1978 and 1981, the three portfolios contain 13 photographs each: X features imagery from New York´s homosexual S&M scene; Y floral still lifes; and Z nude portraits of black men.
The gallery is also presenting a large group of Mapplethorpe´s prints selected by another artist of the gallery, avant-garde theatre director and designer Robert Wilson. The exhibitions will be on view 14 March through 18 April with two special film screenings of the documentary Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures (2016) at the gallery the day after the opening and during Berlin Fetish week.