Robert Mapplethorpe, Michael Reed, 1987(L) and Auguste Rodin, The Walking Man, bronze, 1907. REUTERS/MUSEE RODIN
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A new exhibition exploring connections between beloved French sculptor August Rodin and controversial U.S. photographer Robert Mapplethorpe has brought a hint of seedy 1980s New York to the heart of Paris.Pinet stressed that Mapplethorpe never was known to have talked about Rodin, an early champion of photography and an avid collector.The creative layout of the exhibit, with Rodin's sculptures encased in clear glass cabinets interspersed with Mapplethorpe's photos, encourages viewers to see how two artists represent the human form in similar yet contrasting ways.Pinet said that Rodin, too, was criticised by the artistic establishment for the realism of his sculptures.Rodin and Mapplethorpe, one straight and one gay, shared an artistic interest in sexuality, which was also reflected in colourful private lives. Mapplethorpe had numerous relationships with his models, as did Rodin.
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