Remembering Rodin Tout sur Rodin
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.