Mollino | Mapplethorpe 

23. Jun - 12. Sep 14 / ended Hamiltons

Exhibition | Photography | London

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Carlo Mollino, 'Untitled, c.1950s' (c) The Estate of Carlo Mollino

Carlo Mollino, 'Untitled, c.1950s' (c) The Estate of Carlo Mollino

Hamiltons’ Summer 2014 exhibition showcases a unique and important selection of photographs and furniture by renowned Italian designer Carlo Mollino and a collection of rare colour prints from Robert Mapplethorpe’s Flowers series.

Mollino (1905-1973) is recognised as one of Italy’s most original creators, the exhibition includes rare Polaroids and C-prints from the fifties and sixties alongside two of Mollino’s most recognisable masterpieces of modern design, The Lattes Chair and The Copenhagen Chair. He was unique in blending diverse passions and influences and whilst curating the show gallery owner, Tim Jefferies, chose to include these two important objects, both extraordinary and exclusive in their own right.

The exhibition will also include a selection of large format, colour works from Robert Mapplethorpe’s Flowers series; this is the most significant collection of dye-transfer Flowers prints to be exhibited in many years. The group comes from a private American collection, where it has been kept for quarter of a century.

Flowers draws particular attention to Mapplethorpe’s exquisite exploration of colour; the images – both bold and uncompromising reveal an untouchable yet sensitive clarity of tone and composition. Mapplethorpe’s understanding of form and light, coupled with his meticulous compositions, create truly beautiful images that revel in the sensual quality of nature. Mapplethorpe (1946-1989) lived in New York and had an undeniable impact on the art world with his globally renowned portraiture, nudes, self-portraits, flowers and still lifes.

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