Musée Rodin

Rodin, what’s new

From March 17 to October 22, 2017
Musée Rodin, Paris, France
The Kiss: from Rodin to the present day
From April 8 to September 17, 2017
Musée des Beaux Arts de Calais, France
Rodin—100 Years
From September 1, 2017
The Cleveland Museum of Art, OH, USA
Rodin and the Contemporary Figurative Tradition
September 15, 2017 - January 7, 2018
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, MI, USA
Rodin: Portraits of a Lifetime
From September 9 to December 9, 2017
The Pauly Friedman Art Gallery, Misericordia University, Dallas, PA, USA
Auguste Rodin and Eugène Druet
From November 7, 2017 until March 4, 2018
Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Dresden, Germany
The Hysterical Material
From September 14 to December 17, 2017
Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA
Rodin – Rilke – Hofmannsthal. Man and His Genius
From November 17, 2017 to March 18, 2018
Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin
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Rodin Ups & Downs

The Pavillon de l’Alma

For the Paris Universal Exhibition of 1900, I had a pavilion built on Place de l’Alma where I could exhibit my works as I liked. After the exhibition, the pavilion was transported to the garden at Meudon, where it became my studio.

Rodin the draftsman

Before I became a sculptor, I loved to draw. My sculptures were like multi-dimensional drawings. I exhibited three hundred of them at the Galerie Bernheim-Jeune, I was very fond of those little sheets of paper!

The portrait of Pope Benedict xv

I made a portrait of the Pope in Rome, but he would only sit for three sessions and it was difficult to capture impressions of his appearance in such a short time. He didn’t like my way of working. I came away with a lot of photographs and worked very hard to make something of the portrait. But the Pope was disappointed by the result.

Rodin, a misunderstood artist

I experienced old age as a trial, I was overwhelmed by despair. My career was punctuated by ordeals and scandals. I was worn out, weary both of slander and of lavish praise. The final battle for the creation of my museum exhausted me.

The Hôtel Biron

I discovered the hôtel Biron through Rainer Maria Rilke. A jewel of Rococo architecture, it was built by Jean Aubert in 1730. It took its name from the Maréchal de Biron, who owned it before the Revolution and gave it one of the finest gardens in the capital. I moved there in 1908, and soon planned to make it my museum.

The 1916 donation

I gave the State all my works in plaster, marble, bronze and stone, and my drawings, as well as the antiques collection that I had such pleasure in assembling for the education and training of artists and workers. And I asked the State to keep all these collections in the hôtel Biron, which would be the Musée Rodin. On December 15, 1916, the National Assembly voted to establish my museum in the Hôtel Biron.

My final moments

I died on November 17, 1917, during World War I. I was buried at Meudon, with Rose. Now I am at one with Nature, and have no regrets.

The creation of the museum

Because of the war, three years went by between my donation and the opening of my museum on August 4, 1919 — almost a century ago. Now, over 600,000 visitors come from all over the world every year.

All the Ups & Downs

You know that I'm not clear, that writing and speaking put me in a muddle;
my natural resources are clay and pencil

Auguste Rodin

Rodin, a life 1840-1917

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