Musée Rodin, Paris
6 May - 4 September 2011
79, rue de Varenne, 75007 Paris


“Works in Progress, Rodin and the Ambassadors” examines the way in which Rodin’s work is perceived and strives to show not only how his sculpture developed but also how it was and continues to be reinterpreted. The exhibition compares 100 or so works by Rodin (1840-1917) with about 30 post-1945, modern and contemporary works.

This unprecedented approach sets Rodin’s works in the context of critical analysis made since the postwar period. It considers both acclaimed pieces such as The Age of Bronze, The Kiss, Balzac and Walking Man and models found in his studio after his death. Much has since been learnt from studies of these models.

This reappraisal of Rodin’s work also owes something to art, i.e. the production of several artists from the postwar period to the present day. Their preoccupations – not only with material and modelling but also with highlighting fragments or combining different components – have had repercussions on the manner in which Rodin is considered and the exhibition continues in the main courtyard of the Hôtel Biron, where three monumental works by Urs Fischer in cast aluminium will be exhibited for the first time outdoors between The Thinker and The Gates of Hell.

Inside the Hôtel Biron, a work by Douglas Gordon will be on view: Predictable Incident in Unfamiliar Surroundings (1995) is based on rare scenes featuring a “kiss” from the famous American television series Star Trek. Through the principle of repetition, this video installation echoes and prolongs the exhibition ‘Works in Progress, Rodin and the Ambassadors”.