Met celebrates Rodin centenary with historic collection viewing
The Metropolitan Museum, New York Showing from: 16 September 2017 - 15 January 2018
the centenary of the death of Auguste Rodin (1840–1917), The Metropolitan Museum of Art will celebrate its historic collection of the artist's work in Rodin at The Met. Nearly 50 marbles, bronzes, plasters, and terracottas by Rodin, representing more than a century of acquisitions and gifts to the Museum, will be displayed in the newly installed and refurbished Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Sculpture Gallery (Gallery 800). The exhibition will feature iconic sculptures 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's collection by some of Rodin's most admired contemporaries, including his friends Claude Monet (1840–1926) and Pierre Puvis de Chavannes (1824–1898), will be presented in dialogue with the sculptures on display.
The extraordinary range of The Met’s holdings of Rodin’s work will be highlighted in an adjacent gallery (Gallery 809) with a selection of drawings, prints, letters, and illustrated books, as well as photographs of the master sculptor and his art. This focused presentation will introduce visitors to the evolution of Rodin’s draftsmanship and demonstrate the essential role of drawing in his practice. It will also address Rodin’s engagement with photographers, especially Edward Steichen (1879–1973), who served as a key intermediary in bringing Rodin’s drawings to New York.
This exhibition begins a new chapter in the Museum’s long-standing engagement with Rodin and will give visitors the opportunity to experience anew his enduring artistic achievements.
Auguste Rodin, Orpheus and Eurydice, 1893