In the 1860s, when Auguste Rodin began making sculpture, art was deeply rooted in the past and depicted stories from religion, history, and myth. At the peak of his career in the 1890s, Rodin had transformed sculpture into something that elicited emotions and imaginations. His work told stories that were internal and conceptual, and that were open to interpretation. By the time Rodin died in 1917 he had, through prodigious talent and a remarkable volume of work, revolutionized sculpture. Today his work is a crucial link between traditional and modern art.
RODIN: MUSES, SIRENS, LOVERS explores the artist’s fascination with and representation of women.
The exhibition showcases some 40 bronzes of women as models, love interests, art collectors and artistic inspiration. These works tell the story of the importance of Rodin’s sculpture to modern art and encapsulate the innovations that broke with centuries of tradition to forge a path to today. The exhibition also includes special loans from the Cantors and the Cantor Foundation, the Brooklyn Museum, the Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University, The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, and the North Carolina Museum of Art.
This exhibition has been organized and made possible by the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation.
[Image: Auguste Rodin, Three Faunesses, modeled before 1896; Musée Rodin cast, cast number unknown, 1959. Bronze; Georges Rudier Foundry. Lent by the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Foundation]