Until 25 May 2014, Auguste Rodin‘s sculptures are on exhibit at Terme di Diocleziano in Rome. Organized in partnership with the Musée Rodin of Paris, Rodin. Marble, Life is the most complete retrospective ever dedicated to the great French sculptor.
“I do not reason. I simply let myself go”, said Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) about his work as an artist. Known for famous masterpieces such as The Kiss and The Thinker, Rodin is one of the greatest revolutionists of the plastic arts together with Michelangelo, and he is widely acknowledged as the father of modern sculpture.
It is no coincidence that the exhibition premiered on 18 February, on the day of the 450th anniversary of Michelangelo’s death. Rodin’s ties to the Italian master are many and deep-rooted, sharing a common thread: the study of the unfinished, and a passion for human sensuality.
The exhibition articulates through three major areas. The Illusion of Flesh, The Figure in the Block, Towards Incompleteness are the three main paths chosen by the Bureau des Mésarchitectures for this extraordinary set-up. A wise use of lighting, skillfully set by Giambattista Buongiorno, brings Rodin’s white marbles back to life.
The French master will be the centre of another exhibition held in Rome in the spring, After Rodin. Italian Sculpture in the Early 20th Century (D’apres Rodin. Scultura italiana del primo Novecento). Hosted by GNAM, Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, the exhibition explores Auguste Rodin’s influence over Italian sculpture in the beginning of the last century, starting with his private room in the Biennale in Venice in 1901. Featuring artists such as Medardo Rosso, Carlo Fontana, Leonardo Bistolfi, Giovanni Prini, it will be ongoing until 18 May 2014.
Rodin. Il marmo, la vita
Until 25 May 2014
Museo Nazionale Romano, Terme di Diocleziano
Full ticket: € 10 | Reductions: € 8
More information on the Exhibition’s official website
D’apres Rodin. Scultura italiana del primo Novecento.
GNAM, Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna
Until 18 May 2014
Full Ticket: € 12| Reductions: € 9,50
More information on GNAM official website (website currently on maintenance)
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