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"Eve" by Auguste Rodin, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, Michigan © William J. Hebert

Rodin and the Contemporary Figurative Tradition

September 15, 2017 - January 7, 2018
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, MI, USA

Auguste Rodin (1840–1917) was among the most revolutionary figurative artists in history, and his influence continues today. At every scale, for both public and personal display, he redefined our comprehension of figurative sculpture. Timed to coincide with the centenary of Rodin’s death and his universal recognition as the most avant-garde sculptor of his age, this exhibition examines his relevance and vibrancy among Contemporary figurative sculptors. Central to this exhibition will be loans of several of the master’s most compelling works. In addition, work from 15 critically acclaimed figurative sculptors, working from across the international scene, will be presented as part of ArtPrize. The exhibition continues through January 7, 2018.

More than a juxtaposition of past and present, this exhibition highlights the critical nature of Rodin for sculptors. The figurative tradition will be considered along the pioneering veins the French master introduced more than a century ago in terms of representation, fragmentation, portraiture, materiality, and symbolism.

Rodin and the Contemporary Figurative Tradition is made possible by:

  • The Meijer Foundation
  • Botanic and Sculpture Societies of Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

> Meijer Gardens website


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