FRENCH SCULPTOR AUGUSTE RODIN CENTENARY CELEBRATED IN THE WORLD WITH EXHIBITIONS AND EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

-#Rodin100 is Hashtag for Major Art Museum Initiatives-

In 2017 several major world art museums will mark the centenary of Auguste Rodin’s (1840-1917) death with traveling exhibitions, special permanent collection installations,and a robust program of educational activities. Unified under the hashtag #Rodin100, the initiatives will bring together new information about the beloved and groundbreaking French sculptor. As part of a worldwide series of major Rodin projects, a variety of public programs and tours will be offered at each museum in conjunction with the exhibition. Please refer to individual museums’ websites for more information. The centenary will be commemorated in France at the Musée Rodin as well as other institutions. More information is availabre at www.Rodin100.org.

SPECIAL EXHIBITIONS

Eve through the Glance of Art
Museo Soumaya, Plaza Carso, Julián and Linda Slim Gallery, November 17, 2017 – April 2018

Rodin’s Eve (1883, marble) will be the central piece of the temporary exhibition which includes an array of representations of Eve by several artists of the Museo Soumaya’s collection. The exhibition will set in dialogue remarkable works of different periods, styles, and sensibilities in Europe, Mexico, and Latin America. Artists such as Lucas Cranach the Elder, Jan Brueghel the Younger, Alfred Roll, Émile-Antoine Bourdelle, Juan Soriano and Georges Rouault, among others, will be included. Video-labels will be used as museographic support to share poetry, literature, critique, and sketches.

Día de muertos (Two altars)

This is one of the most important Mexican traditions and it is part of the Day of the Dead festivity. With a prehispanic heritage, it consists on setting up an altar to honor the memory of those who parted. It is a celebration of both death and life. As 2017 will be the anniversary of Rodin’s death, Museo Soumaya will install two altars in each of its venue and both of them will combine Rodin’s bronzes as well as the crafts of Mexican artists, full of color and folklore.

Museo Soumaya Plaza Carso

Auguste Rodin, The Cathedral (1908, bronze)

Opening: October 28, 2017

Museo Soumaya Plaza Loreto

Rodin’s heritage through the eyes of his protégé Camille Claudel (Bust of Rodin, c 1889, bronze); his great student Émile-Antoine Bourdelle (Rodin Leaning Back, 1909, bronze); and his admirer Paolo

Troubetzkoy (Auguste Rodin, c 1905, bronze).
Opening: October 27, 2017

Virtual Exposition

Through Virtual Reality Technology the different publics will experience a visit to a computer generated gallery with 3D images of Rodin’s sculptures.

Rodin in the Wikipedia. 100 continuous hours of International Edit-a- thon

Fully committed with the international movement OPEN GLAM which supports free access to knowledge, Museo Soumaya and Wikimedia Foundation are planning a new World Guinnes Record. A 100 hours to celebrate Rodin’s Centennial with more articles, information, data, pictures and links related to the artist and his work. The event will also host a Trans-la-thon, so that the articles appear in as many languages as possible. From November 17th to the 22nd

The Kiss
Rodin Museum, Philadelphia, PA, February 1, 2017 – January 2019

The Rodin Museum will open 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, the installation will include works such as The Minotaur, I am Beautiful, Eternal Springtime, and Youth Triumphant. It will demonstrate the variety of approaches, meanings, and allusions that Rodin brought to his intimate figure groupings to evoke emotional intensity. In particular, Philadelphia’s copy of The Kiss, a marble commissioned by Jules Mastbaum in 1926 for the museum in Philadelphia, will be considered for its unique history and as an example of Rodin’s continuing appeal. As part of the reinstallation, the library, octagonal galleries, and vestibules will be installed with other important Rodin sculptures, including The Thinker and Monument to Balzac. Until February 1, the Rodin Museum will be closed for reinstallation. The Rodin Museum on Philadelphia's Benjamin Franklin Parkway is one of the world's celebrated places in which to experience the work of French sculptor Auguste Rodin. Open to the public in 1929, this remarkable ensemble of architecture, landscape, and sculpture, designed by architect Paul Cret and landscape architect Jacques Gréber, is restored to its original splendor.


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

A traveling exhibition of 52 bronzes by the groundbreaking French sculptor who revolutionized the genre, this selection of stunning bronzes will demonstrate 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.

The bronzes on view represent major achievements throughout Rodin’s career. They include powerful studies for The Burghers of Calais, as well as works derived from his masterpiece, The Gates of Hell. Others, such as The Night (Double Figure), demonstrate his experimentation with assemblage. Other works on view include Monumental Torso of the Walking Man, which demonstrate Rodin’s admiration for Michelangelo, and Dance Movement D, which speaks to his interest in understanding how the body moved.

The exhibition is especially rich in portraiture. Included are Rodin’s renowned depictions of the writers Victor Hugo and Honoré de Balzac; the composer Gustav Mahler; the artist Claude Lorraine; one of his favorite dancers, Hanako; and The Creator, which is likely a self-portrait.

Rodin’s deft skill in using the bronze casting technique to represent living flesh and his interest in expressing extreme psychological states were highly influential upon younger artists, both in Europe and America. The exhibition reveals why the artist is considered the crucial link between traditional and modern sculpture.

This exhibition has been organized and made possible by the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation.


Rodin: Portraits of a Lifetime—Selections from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Collections
The Pauly Friedman Art Gallery, Misericordia University, Dallas, PA, September 9 – December 9, 2017

The selected works featured in Rodin: Portraits of a Lifetime demonstrate Rodin’s deep appreciation for the natural form of the human figure. From his first major sculpture, Rodin’s work was marked by realism, which set him apart from the traditional idealized academic art of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Rodin captured the expressiveness and authentic emotion of his subjects in part by using roughly textured bronze surfaces to reflect light, giving the effect of movement. His works were both praised and criticized during his lifetime. Today he is credited with transforming sculpture into a modern art form and he remains one of the most influential artists of all time.

This exhibition has been organized and made possible by the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation.


Auguste Rodin: The Centenary Installation
Legion of Honor, San Francisco, CA, January 28 – December 31, 2017

The Legion of Honor will present a new installation of its extraordinary Rodin holdings in an exhibition timed for the centenary of the artist’s death. Some 50 sculptures in bronze, marble, and plaster—drawn from the permanent holdings of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco—will celebrate Rodin in a new context. The exhibition will examine the artist’s life and influential work—from his early days courting controversy with sculptures that bore unexpected levels of naturalism to his lasting influence. Auguste Rodin: The Centenary Installation will provide Bay Area audiences a significant opportunity to explore the legacy of the artist known as “the father of modern sculpture.”

To further commemorate the Rodin centenary, the Fine Arts Museums have invited international artists Urs Fischer and Sarah Lucas to conceive installations combining new and existing works in dialogue with the Museums’ Rodin holdings that explore underappreciated dimensions of Rodin’s work. Additionally, a special exhibition will present a unique dialogue between the masterpieces of Rodin and the work of the great fin de siècle Austrian master of modernism, Gustav Klimt, in Gustav Klimt and Auguste Rodin: A Turning Point.

Urs Fischer: April 22 – July 9, 2017

Sarah Lucas: July 15 – September 24, 2017

Gustav Klimt and Auguste Rodin: A Turning Point: October 14, 2017 – January 28, 2018


Kiefer Rodin
Musée Rodin, Paris, France, March, 14 – October, 22, 2017
The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, PA, November 17, 2017–February 12, 2018

In collaboration with the Musée Rodin in Paris, the Barnes Foundation presents Kiefer Rodin. Echoing Albert Barnes’s belief in artistic expression as an endless conversation between works of different times and places, this exhibition gathers new works by renowned contemporary artist Anselm Kiefer, created in response to sculptures and drawings by Rodin. Both Rodin and Kiefer (born in 1945) establish a formal and spiritual analogy between architecture—specifically gothic cathedrals—and the human body. Rooted in experimentation and the manipulation of unexpected materials, Kiefer and Rodin’s artistic processes convey a poignant vision of humanity’s spiritual dilemma and our relation to history.

The exhibition includes over 100 works, including several of Kiefer’s large-scale illustrated books made in homage to Rodin from materials like plaster; large paintings; and vitrines filled with assorted objects including molds, dried plants, stones, and pieces of fabric; as well as sculptures and drawings by Rodin, some displayed in the .. for the first time. The contrast of Rodin’s work with Kiefer’s emphasizes Rodin’s modernity and his proximity to contemporary practice. The exhibition begins at the Musée Rodin, Paris (March 14–October 22, 2017) before traveling to the Barnes in time to mark the centenary of Rodin’s death.


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 newly refurbished 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. Iconic works such as The Thinker and The Hand of God will be included, as well as masterpieces like The Tempest that have not been on view in decades. Paintings from The Met collection by Rodin’s contemporaries and friends, including Moreau and Puvis de Chavannes, will complement the sculptures on display.

The extraordinary range of The Met’s holdings of Rodin’s work will also be highlighted in a concurrent focus exhibition, Rodin on Paper, a selection of Rodin’s drawings, prints, letters, and illustrated books, as well as photographs by Steichen of the master sculptor and his art.


Portraits & Figures
Musée de Morlaix, Morlaix, France, November 12 – May 20, 2017

The Musée de Morlaix is taking part in commemorating the centenary of Rodin’s death by exhibiting two pieces in its collection: one of them, The Bust of Mrs. Russel, is the master’s only extant work in silver. The show Portraits & Figures reveals the fascination of European art for the face.


Versus Rodin: Bodies Across Space and Time
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia, March 4 – July 2, 2017

Auguste Rodin was an artist who reinterpreted the concept of the body in sculpture. Versus Rodin: Bodies Across Space and Time brings together key pieces by this pioneer of modern sculpture with a selection of work by leading modern and contemporary artists who have also left their mark on our conception of the human condition.


My dear Rodin… Photographs by Emmanuel Berry
Stéphane Mallarmé Museum, Vulaines-sur-Seine, France, March 4 – June 5, 2017
Bourdelle Garden Museum, Egreville, France, May 3 – October 31, 2017

My dear Rodin… so begins a series of letters written by Stéphane Mallarmé to his sculptor friend. The first part of the exhibition shows fifty studies of Auguste Rodin as captured by Emmanuel Barry’s camera, who photographed the works following a specific protocol: isolated against a black background and with natural light, he unraveled with sensibility the graphic aspects of the artist’s sculpture, his extraordinary solutions and his preference for the non finito.

Five loans from the Musée Rodin enrich the show, including studies of Balzac and Victor Hugo, as well as Fauna and Nymph, a cast offered by the sculptor to the poet, who kept it in his collection during his lifetime.

The show will open in the 7,000-square meter garden of the Bourdelle Museum in Egreville, which is the permanent home of 56 bronze works by Antoine Bourdelle. The show includes 25 large format photographs adapted to be shown outdoors. Made in Meudon, these black and white photographs underscore the friendship between Rodin and Bourdelle. The correspondence that took place between 1883 and 1912 with of more than 300 letters bears witness not only of Rodin’s influence on Bourdelle’s work, but also of the pupil’s emancipation; Emmanuel Berry’s photographs bear visual witness of this.


Masterpieces on the 100th Anniversary of the Artist's Death
Bremen Art Gallery [Bremen Kunsthalle], Bremen, Germany, March 6 – June 11, 2017

To commemorate the centennial of the death of Auguste Rodin, the Bremen Kunsthalle will be showing the masterworks by the French artist that it has in its collection. The realism of John the Baptist (1878-1880) stands out; also noteworthy is the smaller version of the three figures of his renowned The Burgers of Calais (1889); both of which were directly commissioned by the Bremen Art Gallery. Rodin’s figures will be joined by contemporary photographs by Candida Höfer, who photographed the twelve casts of Rodin´s The Burgers of Calais throughout their installations around the world.


La Nuit Rodin
Penthièvre Gallery, Paris, France, March 10 – April 22, 2017

The Penthièvre Gallery will be exhibiting Patrick Hourcade’s first individual show in its Penthièvre street venue. Entitled La Nuit Rodin, the show presents 21 photographs taken inside the Musée Rodin.

In 1908, American photographer Edward Steichen arrived in France to meet Rodin. He photographed the Balzac sculpture in the artist’s garden in Meudon. One night, at the sculptor’s behest, Steichen walked around the monument to choose the different viewpoints, looking out for the moonlight to frame the writer’s monument. Although it was time-consuming and the sculptor proved to be impatient, he couldn’t help but be satisfied with the final result: "Your photographs will make the world understand my Balzac", he said to Steichen.

More than a century later, taking it both as a challenge and as a game, Patrick Hourcade followed on Steichen’s footsteps, although he changed some rules. He moveed the context from Meudon to Paris, he sought the density of dark nights; this called for time for the eye to adapt to the darkness, so as to be able to make out the sculpted forms in the halls of the Brion Hotel or in the Meudon garden.


Rodin, The Centenary Exhibition
Grand Palais, Paris, France, March 22 – July 31, 2017

The Musée Rodin and the Réunion des musées nationaux Grand Palais celebrate the artist. The show stresses Rodin's creative world, his relationship with the public and how sculptors have appropriated his aesthetic. More than 200 works by Rodin are exhibited, but also sculptures and drawings by Bourdelle, Brancusi, Picasso, Matisse, Giacometti, Beuys, Baselitz and Gormley, among others, thus renewing our perspective of this sculpture giant.


25 drawings and lithographs of the Faure collection
Faure Museum, Aix-les-Bains, France, March 31 – September 3, 2017

For Auguste Rodin’s centennial, the Faure Museum will be exhibiting drawings and lithographs from the Faure collection.


The Kiss: from Rodin to the present day
Fine Arts Museum of Calais, Calais, France, April 8 – September 17, 2017

The Calais Fine Arts Museum pays tribute to the great master of French sculpture through an exhibit dedicated to one of the most beloved and most famous themes in his work: The Kiss.

Through the eye of international artists such as Rodin, Chagall, Jacques Monoroy, Ange Leccia, Douglas Gordon and a variety of art techniques and disciplines (painting, sculpture, installations, animation, film, photography, video), the show presents the evolution of this theme in art taking Rodin's creation of The Kiss in 1882 as a starting point. The works are an invitation to question the image of a new reality. Between myth and reality, between codes and rituals of yesterday, today and tomorrow, the show invites us to re-think our relationship with the other.

Conceived as an homage to Rodin, the show The Kiss: from Rodin to the present day goes beyond a chronological presentation, in order to address the works and their subject matter through various points of view, thus allowing a rediscovery of the greatness and the diversity of artistic production between the end of the 19th Century and the beginning of the 21st.


PERMANENT COLLECTIONS

Rodin special circuit
Musée d’Orsay, Paris, France, March 1 – August 15, 2017

The Musée d’Orsay offers a special circuit expressly prepared for the centennial of Rodin´s death. The museum houses the plaster version of The Gates of Hell monumental complex that the master prepared for the project of the Museum of Decorative Arts. It was to be erected at the Old Accounts Court, where this museum now stands.

The Cleveland Museum of Art, OH
Auguste Rodin, Highlights from the Collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art marks the centennial of Auguste Rodin’s death with a display of works from the museum’s permanent collection. During World War I, while the museum’s original building was under construction, trustees began negotiating with Rodin to acquire a series of works for the building’s opening in June 1916. Rodin agreed to cast a special version of his celebrated The Age of Bronze for the museum. Other life-size casts were also acquired at this time, including a monumental version of The Thinker destined to become the signature work gracing the museum’s main entrance. The museum would acquire more than thirty works that span the artist’s career in a wide variety of materials, including the magnificent, larger than life-size plaster sculpture Heroic Head of Pierre de Wissant. This special presentation of Rodin highlights will be on view in gallery 218 beginning September 1, 2017.


J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA

Always on view, Rodin’s Christ and Mary Magdalene, is a three-and-a-half foot marble sculpture, a dying man nailed to rock is mourned by a naked woman kneeling in front of him. Rodin alternatively titled the work Prometheus and the Oceanid and The Genius and Pity, opening up the composition to multiple biblical, mythical and secular associations.

The compelling strength of this work results from the stark contrast between the highly polished surfaces of the naked flesh and the surrounding rough-hewn marble. Rodin admired Michelangelo's sculptures and the artist's influence on Rodin can be seen not only in the unfinished parts of the piece but also in the dramatically contorted female body. As was his practice, this sculpture was entrusted to Rodin's primary marble carver Victor Peter, a well-regarded artist himself, though Rodin oversaw the process. Unlike most of Rodin's works, this sculpture was never cast in bronze and only one other marble version exists.

Christ and Mary Magdalene is on view in the Getty Museum’s West Pavilion alongside the work of painters who were contemporaries of Rodin.


Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LAMCA), CA

Sixty-six works by Rodin represent one of the largest concentrations of any artist in the museum’s collection. Two dozen significant works in bronze, plaster, and porcelain are on view year-round in the B. Gerald Cantor Sculpture Garden and in the European galleries.

Highlights include Eternal Spring, one of Rodin's most sensual compositions, first created around 1884; two examples of the Minotaur and Nymph (c. 1886), one of Rodin's most popular small erotic compositions; and a selection of life-size individual figures, such as Jean d’Aire and Jean de Fiennes, created for the Burghers of Calais (1889), as well as the ninth cast of the colossal Monument to Balzac. All showcase the power of Rodin’s modeling, his interest in movement and materiality, and his dedication to capturing the vitality of the human form.


Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

Boston played an important role in the collecting of Rodin’s work in America during the sculptor’s lifetime. The MFA acquired its first piece in 1906 and the collection has grown to include 19 sculptures in marble and bronze, 12 prints and 4 drawings. Four of the most distinguished sculptures in the collection are on view in the galleries, three of which were already at the MFA by the time of Rodin’s death in 1917. These are: Ceres (marble; carved in 1896; acquired in 1906); Psyche (marble; carved in 1899; acquired directly from Rodin’s exhibition of 1900 at the Pavilion d’Alma by the historian and writer Henry Adams for his niece Louisa Hooper. It was on loan to the MFA from 1904 until its acquisition in 1975); Bust of Jules Dalou (bronze; modeled in 1883, cast around 1889; bought in 1912 by the MFA directly from the artist after its exhibition at the Museum that year); and Eternal Springtime (bronze; modeled in 1881; cast in 1916 or 1917 by Rodin for his young cousin Henriette Coltat; acquired in 1993).


National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

The National Gallery of Art, Washington holds one of the largest collections of works in marble, clay, plaster, and bronze by Rodin created during his lifetime, some 30 of which are currently on view. The collection’s core was formed by a gift in 1942 to the newly opened Gallery from the artist’s patron, promoter, and friend, Kate Simpson. After the American collector decided to close her home in New York City, Mrs. Simpson chose to give her entire collection of Rodin works—all acquired during the sculptor’s lifetime—to the Gallery so they could remain together. Included in the gift are bronze examples of the iconic works The Thinker (model 1880, cast 1901), The Kiss (model 1880-1887, cast c. 1898/1902), and Head of Balzac (model 1897).

Additional highlights of the Gallery’s collection of Rodin include a full-size plaster cast of the artist’s first recognized masterpiece, The Age of Bronze (model 1875-1876, cast 1898); a moving plaster bust of Jean d’Aire (model 1884-1889, cast probably early 20th century) as well as a bronze reduction of the complete figure of Jean d'Aire from the group of self-sacrificing Burghers of Calais (model 1884-1889, reduction cast probably 1895), and studies and works on paper. The most recent addition to the collection is the marble Eve (model c. 1881, carved 1890/1891), acquired in 2014 as part of the Corcoran Collection.


Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO

Rodin’s The Thinker is the beloved centerpiece of the Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Mo. It will be celebrated during Kansas City’s “Big Picnic,” a massive annual gathering on Sunday, July 23, that stretches from the museum’s 22-acre campus across the street to the City of Kansas City’s Theis Park. The picnic is a joint project between the museum and the City. The promotion will include a social media contest challenging visitors to strike their best “thinking” pose.

The Nelson-Atkins collection includes four works by Rodin, including two drawings, a small wax figure, Study of a Seated Man (possibly for “The Sailor”), and the powerful Adam, a bronze sculpture that is on permanent view in the museum’s Sculpture Hall. The sculpture depicts Adam from the Old Testament at the moment of his creation, as his body comes alive, with its twisting torso, bent knee and obliquely crossed arm.


Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, CA

The Norton Simon Museum is home to 11 works by Rodin, eight of which are on permanent view in the museum’s front entrance garden. These include such iconic bronze sculptures as Monument to Balzac and The Burghers of Calais, as well as The Thinker, which looks out over busy Colorado Boulevard. Rodin’s mastery of depicting the human form is evident in the works Saint John the Baptist, The Walking Man, Jean de Fiennes, Vetu, and Pierre de Wissant, Vetu, and Nude. Also in the collection, but not on permanent display, are three of Rodin’s charming small bronze works depicting dancers in various poses.