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Exhibition
Kiefer-Rodin
From March 17 to October 22, 2017
Musée Rodin, Paris, France
Exhibition
Versus Rodin: bodies across space and time
From March 4 to July 16, 2017
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia
Exhibition
Rodin, The Centenary Exhibition
From 22 March to 31 July, 2017
Grand Palais, Paris, France
Exhibition
Rodin: The Human Experience
From May 6 to July 30, 2017
Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, MI, USA
Exhibition
The Kiss: from Rodin to the present day
From April 8 to September 17, 2017
Musée des Beaux Arts de Calais, France
Movie
Rodin
Release on May 24 (France)
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Rodin Ups & Downs

17/40
My models

I used to let my models wander naked around my studio. Seeing them like that made me familiar with their every movement. I particularly remember Adele and Anna, two Italian sisters, a blonde and a brunette, both perfect in totally different ways.

18/40
Camille Claudel

She joined my studio at the age of 17 as my pupil, assistant and muse – and soon became my mistress. I was drawn to her fiery temperament and outstanding talent. I called on her all the time, consulted her about everything. She was my ferocious friend!

19/40
The Château de l’Islette

Camille wrote to me from the Château de l’Islette, asking me to buy her a bathing suit so that she could swim in the river. I loved to join her there, we were so happy in our secret place.

20/40
The studio

I was a laborer. The rough hands you see here spoiled the plaster. I kept the habits of a stonemason from my days as an apprentice. I was like the Renaissance artists, who were craftsmen rather than fine gentlemen.

21/40
Monument to the Burghers of Calais

The city of Calais commissioned me to sculpt the figure of a burgher; I proposed six sculptures. What interested me most was the expression of their suffering. I wanted the figures to impact viewers, to draw them into each personal drama.

22/40
I worked as I pleased

I had no fixed way of working, nature was my only guide. I did what interested me, when it suited me. Art was pleasure: an effort, but not a constraint.

23/40
The Thinker

My statue of The Thinker was placed in the neighborhood where I grew up, in front of the Panthéon, thanks to a subscription organized by the people of Paris. Described by some as a “gorilla” and “an enormous brute,” The Thinker came to be seen as the incarnation of human thought.

24/40
The Kiss

Many of my works were misunderstood, but The Kiss was an immediate success with the public. Yet I intended my art to express the spectrum of emotions, from the heights of ecstasy to the depths of agony.

All the Ups & Downs

I do not wish to follow people whose conventional art I despise

Auguste Rodin

Rodin, a life 1840-1917

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