Re­mem­be­ring Ro­din Tout sur Ro­din

GREATER PARIS - - [Contents] Sommaire - By Pa­tri­cia Va­li­cen­ti

The­mo­nu­men­tal ar­tist, Au­guste Ro­din, and his work are being ce­le­bra­ted this year on the 100th an­ni­ver­sa­ry of his death.

From The Thin­ker to The Kiss, Ro­din is an ar­tist of in­ter­na­tio­nal re­nown with works present in over 100 col­lec­tions throu­ghout the world. The vi­sio­na­ry world of the man who laid the foun­da­tions of 20th cen­tu­ry sculp­ture is being played out this year of­fe­ring a fresh in­sight in­to his works and crea­tive pro­cess. While ex­hi­bi­tions and events are being held in a host of ve­nues in both France and abroad, the Mu­sée Ro­din, which houses the per­ma­nent col­lec­tion of Ro­din’s works and once hou­sed the ar­tist him­self, is af­fir­ming its com­mit­ment to pre­sen­ting contem­po­ra­ry ar­tists no­ta­bly with an ex­hi­bi­tion that gives carte blanche to An­selm Kie­fer, who has crea­ted works es­pe­cial­ly for the oc­ca­sion. The show, en­tit­led Kie­fer Ro­din, Ca­thé­drales, will at­test to the sin­gu­lar point of conver­gence bet­ween these two fi­gures, both ar­tists keen on ex­pe­ri­men­ting. The pre­sen­ta­tion of the mu­seum it­self will al­so be mo­di­fied to ex­hi­bit the lit­tle known works of Ro­din fur­ther un­ders­co­ring the cha­rac­te­ris­tics that the two ar­tists have in com­mon. Wi­thin the context of this ex­hi­bi­tion, Ab­so­lu­tion, an ex­cep­tio­nal work by Ro­din mel­ding sculp­ture and tex­tile, will be pre­sen­ted to the pu­blic for the first time af­ter un­der­going a four-month res­to­ra­tion. The work, which is over 1.9 metres high, is an as­sem­bly of three pre-exis­ting works, the tor­so of Ugo­lin sit­ting, the head of the Mar­tyr and the Earth cha­rac­te­ri­sed by the pre­sence of a drape.

Swee­ping views, some of the ci­ty's most fa­mous mo­nu­ments, in­clu­ding the Eif­fel To­wer and the gol­den dome of the In­va­lides, and su­perb bou­tiques can all be found in the 7th ar­ron­dis­se­ment. Great strol­ling can al­so be had on Les Berges, a spa­cious green urb

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