In 2017 several major North American art museums are celebrating the centenary of Auguste Rodin‘s (1840–1917) death with traveling exhibitions, permanent collection installations, and a robust program of educational activities.
Unified under #Rodin100 and joining a worldwide series of major Rodin projects these public programs and exhibitions are bringing together new information about the groundbreaking French sculptor.
Highlights of the exhibitions in North America
Rodin: The Human Experience—Selections from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Collections
Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR, January 21–April 16, 2017
Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, MI, May 6–July 30, 2017
Telfair Museums, Savannah, GA,September 1, 2017–January 7, 2018*
A traveling exhibition of 52 bronzes by the French sculptor who revolutionized the genre, this selection of stunning works demonstrates Rodin’s particular passion for modeling the human form in clay, the medium in which his hand and mind are most directly evidenced. While Rodin’s works always remained faithful to nature, he departed from traditional practice in seeking to reveal the creative process.
Rodin Museum, Philadelphia, PA, February 1, 2017–January 2019
The Rodin Museum presents a new installation centered on the theme of passionate embrace. Bringing together marbles, bronzes, plasters, and terracottas made by Rodin over a 30-year period, this reinstallation includes works such as The Minotaur, I am Beautiful, Eternal Springtime, and Youth Triumphant. It demonstrates the variety of approaches, meanings, and allusions that Rodin brought to his intimate figure groupings in order to evoke emotional intensity. In particular, the Rodin Museum’s copy of The Kiss, a marble commissioned by Jules Mastbaum in 1926 for the museum, is considered for its unique history and as an example of Rodin’s continuing appeal. In addition, other important Rodin sculptures, such as The Thinker and Monument to Balzac, are being reinstalled in the library, octagonal galleries, and vestibules. The Rodin Museum is closed until February 1 for this reinstallation.
Rodin at The Met
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, September 5, 2017–January 15, 2018
The Met celebrates its historic connections to Rodin through an exhibition of his sculptures in the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Sculpture Gallery. The nearly 60 marbles, bronzes, plasters, and terracottas represent over a century of acquisitions and gifts to the museum. Included are iconic works such as The Thinker and The Hand of God as well as masterpieces such as The Tempest that have not been on view in decades. Paintings from The Met collection by Rodin’s contemporaries and friends, including Claude Monet and Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, complement the sculptures on display.
Eve through the Glance of Art
Museo Soumaya, Mexico City, Mexico, November 17, 2017–April 2018
Works by Rodin are the core of the Fundación Carlos Slim’s collection at the Museo Soumaya. On view in the sculpture garden, in the gallery dedicated to the memory of the collector’s parents, Julián and Linda Slim, are more than 150 works in bronze, marble, plaster, porcelain, and terracotta.
In France and Europe
The centenary is being commemorated at the Musée Rodin as well as other European institutions with exhibitions such as:
Rodin, The Centenary Exhibition
Galeries nationales du Grand Palais from March 22 to July 31
Musée Rodin and Réunion des musées nationaux Grand Palais are joining forces to celebrate Auguste Rodin (1840-1917). The exhibition reveals Rodin’s creative universe, his relationship with his audience and the way in which sculptors have appropriated his style. Featuring over 200 of Rodin’s works, it also includes sculptures and drawings by Bourdelle, Brancusi, Picasso, Matisse, Giacometti, Beuys, Baselitz and Gormley, shedding new light on this giant of sculpture.
Musée Rodin. March 14 – October 22
To mark the centenary of the death of Auguste Rodin, the museum will be asserting its programme more strongly than ever in cooperation with contemporary artists and is giving carte blanche to the artist Anselm Kiefer. Installed in the exhibition hall, the exhibition will demonstrate the unusual convergence of these two giants, shaped with freedom and liberated from all artistic contingencies.