Since the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation donated the archives of the American artist (who died of AIDS in 1989) to two institutions, J. Paul Getty Museum and Los Angeles County Museum (LACMA), in 2011, a major event has been in the air. It has now become reality with no less than two exhibitions, both of which opened last March in the respective museums: a retrospective of Mapplethorpe’s career and an exhibition devoted to the artist’s personal archive.
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