Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac is founded by Austrian gallerist Thaddaeus Ropac in 1983. It specializes in international contemporary art and represents various artists (Georg Baselitz, Alex Katz, Anselm Kiefer, Yan Pei-Ming, Robert Longo, Antony Gormley, Gilbert & George) as well as several renowned estates, such as the estate of Robert Rauschenberg, Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, Sturtevant and Andy Warhol.
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac is working in close partnership with the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation since 2015. Thaddaeus Ropac invited Hedi Slimane (2005), Robert Wilson (2006), Sofia Coppola (2011) and Isabelle Huppert (2013) to act as guest curators and to select a series of the foundation’s images for several gallery shows.
Bird Of Paradise, 1981
Phillip Prioleau, 1980
Orchid and Hand, 1983
“Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac has invited architect and designer Peter Marino to curate its next exhibition dedicated to photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.
For the exhibition XYZ at the gallery in the Marais, Peter Marino revisits the themes he believes fundamental: Mapplethorpe’s XYZ portfolio (X for sex, Y for floral still lifes, and Z for male nudes), selecting from the archives of The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation based in New York. Conceiving a dense yet precise curation, he chose 17 Polaroid’s and 60 photographs, some of which are part of the permanent collections of The Guggenheim Museum, LACMA and The Getty Museum.
Furthering the investigation on traditional perceptions of Mapplethorpe’s work, Peter Marino takes on the same challenge as the artist, bringing every form, every attitude, every concept to its most complete realization. The installation conceived by Peter Marino incites visual correspondences, highlighting the architectural bodies and forms, exploring the sexual aesthetics without inhibition.”
Self Portrait, 1988