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Rodin, Auguste - Nationalmuseum Sweden

Auguste Rodin: Sculptures

Auguste Rodin changed the art of sculpture for all time. His works were innovative and controversial, although he is regarded as one of the last of the classical sculptors. This exhibition 
(01.10. 2015 - 10.01.2016) examines Rodin’s art in depth and features some 70 of his works.
This autumn, Nationalmuseum presents a major exhibition about the sculptor 

>> Auguste Rodin 1840 Paris † 1917 Meudon

Two of his works, The Thinker and The Kiss, are widely known and have been reproduced in countless versions on everything from posters to mugs to cartoons (a Google search for “The Thinker Cartoon” yields nearly a million hits). But what else do we know about Rodin as an artist, and what is so special about his works, which changed the art of sculpture for all time?

When they were first exhibited in the late 19th century, the sculptures attracted a great deal of attention. They were seen as too realistic, and the naked figures were considered daring, complex and incomplete. Rodin was innovative and modern, but he can also be described as one of the last great classical sculptors, since studies of the human form constitute the core of his oeuvre.
The exhibition
features a large number of Rodin’s sculptures, including several of his best-known works. Rodin’s studio was organized like a large business, with strict demarcation of tasks. The exhibition looks at Rodin’s career, his working methods and his assistants. It also examines the sculptor’s professional relationships, especially those with Scandinavian artists and collectors. The exhibition is a co-production with the Ateneum Art Museum, Helsinki. (Text: Nationalmuseum Sweden)