RODIN: TRUTH FORM LIFE and RODIN: MUSES SIRENS LOVERS Selections from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Collections
6/6/2020 - 9/6/2020

These exhibitions and all related programs have been canceled.

Auguste Rodin (1840–1917) revolutionized the art of sculpture for the modern era with expressive representations of the human form. “The sculpture of antiquity,” Rodin wrote, “sought the logic of the human body. I seek its psychology.” Bringing sculpture out of nineteenth-century Salons and academic studios and into the twentieth century, Rodin’s legacy includes fidelity to nature over the ideal, the transformation of public monuments, and the elevation of the fragment to a complete work of art.

Drawn from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Collections, RODIN: TRUTH FORM LIFE explores the intensity of Rodin’s vision, his innovative artistic process, and his ability to convey the vitality of the human spirit through surface, pose, and gesture. This retrospective exhibition presents twenty-two bronzes modeled between 1860 and 1910, including studies for such iconic works as The Burghers of Calais and The Gates of Hell as well as busts and preparations for famous monuments to two French authors, Victor Hugo and Honoré de Balzac.

RODIN: MUSES SIRENS LOVERS considers Rodin’s complex relationships with women as models, lovers, collaborators, and collectors of his work. A selection of forty bronzes surveys Rodin’s sculptural representations of women as religious or mythological figures, as studies in beauty, and as subjects of insightful portraits. The exhibition also includes works by Camille Claudel (1864–1943) and Malvina Hoffman (1885–1966), accomplished sculptors who trained with Rodin in his Paris studio.

RODIN: TRUTH FORM LIFE and RODIN: MUSES SIRENS LOVERS have been organized and made possible by the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation.

What's pictured: Auguste Rodin, The Kiss, modeled about 1881–82, number and date of cast unknown, bronze, 34 x 17 x 22 inches. North Carolina Museum of Art, gift of the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation.