To coincide with the photo fair, PhotoEspaña 2011, the Madrid-based Elvira Gonzalez Gallery opened on 7th June the first exhibition of American photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in the gallery. Curated by Pedro Almodovar, the show includes 28 photographs of different periods ranging from 1976 to 1989. It is open to the public until 22nd July.
Almodóvar's gaze focuss mainly on the human body and the geometry of space around the body shape. Like Mapplethorpe himself, the filmmaker looks at the flower compositions, the nudes and still lifes as the highest expression of the concept of beauty. "Mapplethorpe's photography features the visual intensity of a painting..." Almodovar said about Patti Smith's friend.