Met cel­e­brates Rodin cen­te­nary with his­toric col­lec­tion view­ing

The Met­ro­pol­i­tan Mu­seum, New York Show­ing from: 16 Septem­ber 2017 - 15 Jan­uary 2018

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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

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