Exhibitions

Auguste Rodin (1840-1917). The Thinker, large version.

1903
Patinated plaster for bronze casting
182 x 108 x 141 cm 
Paris, Musée Rodin
© Musée Rodin. Photo by Christian Baraja

Rodin: Transforming Sculpture

On view May 14, 2016 to September 5, 2016

Located in the: Special Exhibition Galleries

Whether working in plaster, marble or bronze on an intimate or monumental scale, Auguste Rodin captured the emotional and psychological complexities of human beings in ways that few sculptors before or after him have achieved. He also profoundly changed the language of sculpture by playing with accident and emphasizing the act of creating rather than completing a work of art. Rodin favored fragmentation and recombination as the principal expression of the significance he attached to change and transformation as the keys to creativity. Featuring sculptures and drawings, this thematic exhibition highlights the drama and experimentation that have established Rodin as one of the greatest sculptors of all time.

Originally titled Metamorphoses: In Rodin's Studio, the exhibition is organized by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, in collaboration with the Musée Rodin, Paris. The exhibition was curated by Nathalie Bondil, Director and Chief curator of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, with the assistance of Sylvain Cordier, Associate Curator and Curator of early decorative arts, and under the direction of Catherine Chevillot, Head Curator and Director of the Musée Rodin, by Sophie Biass-Fabiani, Curator of the Graphic Arts and Painting. The AMG Foundation sponsored the exhibition at the Peabody Essex Museum. Carolyn and Peter S. Lynch and The Lynch Foundation provided generous support. The East India Marine Associates of the Peabody Essex Museum also provided support. The exhibition catalogue, with contributions on Rodin's process by leading scholars, is published by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. 

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Images

Auguste Rodin (1840-1917). The Thinker, large version.

Auguste Rodin (1840-1917). The Thinker, large version.

1903
Patinated plaster for bronze casting
182 x 108 x 141 cm 
Paris, Musée Rodin
© Musée Rodin. Photo by Christian Baraja
Auguste Rodin. The Kiss, before 1916

Auguste Rodin. The Kiss, before 1916

Cast by Barbedienne Foundry, about 1916. Bronze. MacKenzie Art Gallery, University of Regina Collection, Gift of Mr. Norman MacKenzie, 1916-005.

Auguste Rodin. Assemblage: Female Torso with Head with a Bun and Head of Pierre de Wissant, reduction, about 1900-1910.

Auguste Rodin. Assemblage: Female Torso with Head with a Bun and Head of Pierre de Wissant, reduction, about 1900-1910.

Plaster. Musée Rodin, Paris, S.404. © Musée Rodin, Paris. Photo by Christian Baraja.

Auguste Rodin. Three Shades, small-sized model, 1897.

Auguste Rodin. Three Shades, small-sized model, 1897.

Patinated plaster for bronze casting. Musée Rodin, Paris, S.3970. © Musée Rodin, Paris. Photo by Christian Baraja.

Auguste Rodin. Large Clenched Hand, about 1885.

Auguste Rodin. Large Clenched Hand, about 1885.

Cast by Georges Rudier Foundry, 1964. Bronze. Collection of Phyllis Lambert, Montreal.

Auguste Rodin, Fugit Amor, about 1887.

Auguste Rodin, Fugit Amor, about 1887.

Plaster. Musée Rodin, Paris, S.2181.

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