Musée Rodin

Rodin, what’s new

Hell according to Rodin
From October 11, 2017 to January 21, 2018
Fundación MAPFRE, Barcelone, Spain
Rodin at the Met
From September 16, 2017 to January 15, 2018
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, USA
Rodin at the Brooklyn Museum: The Body in Bronze
From November 17, 2017 to April 22, 2018
Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY, USA
Kiefer Rodin
From November 17 to February 12, 2018
The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, PA, USA
Rodin – Rilke – Hofmannsthal. Man and His Genius
From November 17, 2017 to March 18, 2018
Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin
Rodin: Sculptor and Storyteller
From November 3, 2017 until March 4, 2018
The Art Institute of Chicago, IL, USA
Auguste Rodin and Eugène Druet
From November 24, 2017 until March 4, 2018
Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Dresden, Germany
Rodin. Centenario en Bellas Artes
21 novembre 2017 au 25 février 2018
Museo de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Rodin, around you

Rodin collections
in France
Rodin collections
in the world

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

Your Rodin