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Photography lovers are in for a special treat as the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts presents Focus: Perfection Robert Mapplethorpe, running from September 10, 2016 through to January 22, 2017. The exhibition consists of some 250 works largely made up of black and white prints although there is also some colour photography designed to trace his working methods from his early days in the late 1960s up to his death in 1989.

The works on display provide new context for understanding the key genres Mapplethorpe worked in: portraiture of friends and celebrities including Andy Warhol, Patti Smith, Isabella Rossellini and Deborah Harry, self-portraits nudes and still lifes.

For those with a taste for the macabre and grotesque the MMFA is also running The Black Sun of Melancholy until December 11, 2016. The exhibition features work by William Blake, Rodolphe Bresdin, Eugene Delacroix, James Ensor, Paul Gauguin, Francisco Goya, Victor Hugo, Max Klinger, Hans Makart, John Martin, Charles Meryon, Edvard Munch, Odilon Redon, Felicien Rops, James Rissot and Félix Vallotton as they explored the dark side of the human psyche.

Fall 2016

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