Exhibitions to visit in the Rodin Year

Of course you know his “Thinker”. It is one of the best known sculptures in the world. Perhaps you have seen “The Kiss”, or his “Balzac”, or “Burghers of Calais”. Or you may be familiar with his sketches and drawings? Or his unorthodox private life?


This year, it is a hundred years ago, that French sculpture Auguste Rodin died. Works by him can be found in museums the world over. Several museums have Rodin exhibitions either opening soon, or which can be visited already.

Rodin 02 Groninger MuseumThus the Groninger Museum in the Netherlands opened a Rodin exhibition last year. It has proven to be very popular. It can be visited till the end of April 2017. It is advisable to buy entrance tickets online through the museum’s website.(Scroll down.)

The museum also has a modern art exhibitions related to “Rodin – Genius at Work”. Photographer Erwin Olaf took photos of dancers copying poses of well-known Rodin sculptures. Of course, a version of “The Thinker” is included.

To explain and clarify the way Rodin worked, the museum shows casts, bronzes , sculptures, ceramics, as well as photos. These illustrate the creative process of works like “The Thinker”, “The Kiss” and his impression of “Balzac”.

Rodin 04 Musee RodinTomorrow, Friday 23rd of March, “Rodin, l’Exposition du centenaire” opens at the Grand Palais in Paris. This important exhibition can be visited till the end of July 2017. It is jointly organized by the Grand Palais and the Musée Rodin.

Several works usually on show in Meudon, can now be seen at the Paris Grand Palais, for the duration of the exhibition. This includes “The Kiss”. Meanwhile, at the Meudon museum, the exhibition “Kiefer – Rodin” can be visited (provided there is no strike which forces the museum to remain shut. Check their website). Modern artist Anselm Kiefer has been given carte blanche to curate this exhibition.

Rodin 03 Grand PalaisAt the Grand Palais in Paris, the sprawling exhibition concentrates not just on Rodin’s creative universe, but also on his relations with art lovers and other artists. More than 200 works by Rodin himself are exhibited. Visitors can also see works by other artists. These include familiar and less familiar names like Antoine Bourdelle, Constantin Brancusi, Picasso, Matisse, Alberto Giacometti and other modern artists.

Groninger Museum, Groningen, the Netherlands
Grand Palais, Paris, France
Musée Rodin, Meudon

Grand Palais Paris Rodin exhibition trailer
Groninger Museum Groningen Rodin exhibition trailer

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