“It forces viewers to take long looks at his most controversial imagery, proving that he still has the power to provoke, seduce and enrage.” ★★★★ The Guardian

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Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato | USA | 2016 | 108 min

“Look at the pictures,” said Senator Jesse Helms, denouncing the controversial art of Robert Mapplethorpe, whose photographs pushed boundaries with frank depictions of nudity, sexuality and fetishism.
MAPPLETHORPE: LOOK AT THE PICTURES is the first definitive portrait of the controversial American artist Robert Mapplethorpe, from his early beginnings in New York City to his meteoric rise in the art world and untimely death in 1989. With unprecedented access to The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, the documentary features never-before-seen photographs and footage of the elusive artist. Mapplethorpe himself is a strong presence, telling his story in his own words through recently rediscovered audio recordings, with complete honesty and often shocking candor.
This is the unique portrait of an artist who turned photography into contemporary fine art. Acclaimed directors Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato (“Inside Deep Throat”; “Party Monster”; “The Eyes of Tammy Faye”) explore the blurred lines between Mapplethorpe’s personal and professional lives. An unflinching, unprecedented look at Mapplethorpe most provocative work and the one thing more outrageous than Robert Mapplethorpe’s art, his own life.

 “A remarkable achievement” ★★★★ The Times
“A candid, often shocking documentary portrait of a great photographer” ★★★★ Time Out
 “A thoughtful, compelling documentary.” ★★★★ The Financial Times
 “Beautiful and clear-eyed documentary” ★★★★ BBC

This special screening will take on Wednesday 22 March 19:30h at Rialto Amsterdam with an introduction by Rob Jurka, founder of Galerie Jurka. Opened in Amsterdam in 1970, Galerie Jurka was the first art gallery in Europe to show photographs by Robert Mapplethorpe and to publish a catalogue dedicated to his work. More screenings will follow in other Dutch cities in April. 

Cracking the Frame

A monthly program featuring an international selection of theatrically unreleased, critically acclaimed arts documentaries.
Cracking the Frame focuses on the creative intersection between art and film through thought-provoking cinematic portraits of the life and work of established contemporary artists, photographers, filmmakers and global thinkers.