The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation Gift

The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation Gift

In 1992, the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation named the Guggenheim Foundation the recipient of approximately 200 of Mapplethorpe’s finest photographs and unique objects. Realized in several stages between 1993 and 1998, the gift made the Guggenheim the most comprehensive public repository of this important American artist’s work, and also inaugurated the museum’s photography collection and exhibition program. More

Browse works from The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation Gift in the Collection Online.


alt Robert Mapplethorpe, Self-Portrait, 1988 Robert Mapplethorpe, Calla Lily, 1986 Robert Maplethorpe, Ken and Tyler, 1985

Left to Right: Robert Mapplethorpe, Self-Portrait, 1988; Calla Lily, 1986; Ken and Tyler, 1985

Top, installation view: Robert Mapplethorpe and the Classical Tradition, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, July 24, 2004–February 18. 2007. Photo: David Heald © SRGF

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