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Rodin “breathing-sculpture” in Rome until May 2014

Rodin. Il marmo, la vita. 


18 February – 25 May 2014

Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 9.30am – 7.30pm – Closed on Mondays.

Prices: Full 10 euro; Reduced 8 euro. For schools, groups  tickets and reservations please visit: (EN website) or the official website (IT website).

Rodin. Marble, Life is the biggest exhibition ever held of Rodin‘s marble sculptures. The exhibition shows 60 sculptures on loan from all over Europe such as the Petit Palais, Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville in Paris, the Musée de Picardie in Amiens and the Musée Faure in Aix-les-Bains.

The exhibition focuses on the Kiss, one of his most popular works, sculpted in 1885 and on loan from the Parisian Musée Rodin. This beautiful sculpture, formerly part of his masterpiece the Gate of Hell, is widely used as symbols of human emotion and character. Rodin was an incredible, talented naturalist who was concerned about emotion rather than monumental expression. He took his distance from the idealism of the Greeks, and the decorative beauty of the Baroque and Neo-Baroque. His art  emphasised the individual and the concreteness of flesh, and suggested emotion through detailed, textured surfaces, and the interplay of light and shadow. To a greater degree than his contemporaries, Rodin believed that an individual’s character was revealed by his physical features. 

The exhibition “Rodin. Marble, Life” is curated by Aline Magnien, Head Conservator at the Rodin Museum of Paris and the Art Historian and Critic Flavio Arensi.

Lucky you of you have the chance to travel to Rome this coming spring! You will have the great opportunity to enjoy Rodin’s “breathing-sculpture” and to see how his talent shaped the 20th century Italian Sculpture with the related temporary exhibition D’APRES RODIN. SCULTURA ITALIANA DEL PRIMO NOVECENTO.

D’APRES RODIN takes place at the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna (National Gallery of Modern Art) form 11 February to 18 May 2014.

Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 10.30am – 7.30pm – Closed on Mondays.

Prices: Full 12 euro; Reduced 9,50 euro. For more information about prices and accessibility please download the full pdf press release document at

Man with the broken nose, 1874-75

The Kiss, A. Rodin, 1885

Male Torso, 1887

Buste of Roll, 1882-83

Illusion. Icaro’s sister, 1894-96

Fish Woman, 1917

Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, 1891

Victor Hugo, 1883

Paolo e Francesca, post 1900

For those like me who don’t get any chance to leave London this spring, don’t forget the V&A Museum in South Kensington holds a delightful collection of  Rodin’s sculptures. Entrance is free and the collections are “simply the best” around.


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