Fleeting Moments. Drawings by Rodin
Exhibition at the Staten Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen, 22 September 2016 – 15 January 2017 11/3/2016

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Fleeting Moments - National Gallery of Danemark
This exhibition takes you to the very core of the work of French sculptor Auguste Rodin: his drawings. Drawings allowed Rodin to explore the human form freely and spontaneously before expressing what he saw and learned in clay and stone.

It is very simple. My drawings are the key to my work.

The French artist Auguste Rodin (1840–1917) is one of the greatest masters in art history. He is best known for his dramatic, pathos-filled sculptures, which he created from the mid-nineteenth century onwards – works that revolutionised the art of sculpture. But Rodin was also a draughtsman. In fact he produced more than 10,000 drawings, and they occupy a key position in the evolution and method of his art.

The drawings enabled him to experiment more freely and spontaneously with the human form than the large, three-dimensional sculptures allowed. He transferred the lessons learned through these drawings to his work with clay and stone. Hence we can say, as Rodin himself did, that his drawings are the key to his art.

The exhibition, which is created in collaboration with Musée Rodin in Paris, addresses the forces and impulses at play in these drawings, and looks at the things that make Rodin’s depictions of the human form so groundbreaking.

Fleeting Moments. Drawings by Rodin
Exhibition at the Staten Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen, 22 September 2016 – 15 January 2017 11/3/2016

Fleeting moments - Danemark.png
Fleeting Moments - National Gallery of Danemark
This exhibition takes you to the very core of the work of French sculptor Auguste Rodin: his drawings. Drawings allowed Rodin to explore the human form freely and spontaneously before expressing what he saw and learned in clay and stone.

It is very simple. My drawings are the key to my work.

The French artist Auguste Rodin (1840–1917) is one of the greatest masters in art history. He is best known for his dramatic, pathos-filled sculptures, which he created from the mid-nineteenth century onwards – works that revolutionised the art of sculpture. But Rodin was also a draughtsman. In fact he produced more than 10,000 drawings, and they occupy a key position in the evolution and method of his art.

The drawings enabled him to experiment more freely and spontaneously with the human form than the large, three-dimensional sculptures allowed. He transferred the lessons learned through these drawings to his work with clay and stone. Hence we can say, as Rodin himself did, that his drawings are the key to his art.

The exhibition, which is created in collaboration with Musée Rodin in Paris, addresses the forces and impulses at play in these drawings, and looks at the things that make Rodin’s depictions of the human form so groundbreaking.

Fleeting Moments. Drawings by Rodin
Exhibition at the Staten Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen, 22 September 2016 – 15 January 2017 11/3/2016

Fleeting moments - Danemark.png
Fleeting Moments - National Gallery of Danemark
This exhibition takes you to the very core of the work of French sculptor Auguste Rodin: his drawings. Drawings allowed Rodin to explore the human form freely and spontaneously before expressing what he saw and learned in clay and stone.

It is very simple. My drawings are the key to my work.

The French artist Auguste Rodin (1840–1917) is one of the greatest masters in art history. He is best known for his dramatic, pathos-filled sculptures, which he created from the mid-nineteenth century onwards – works that revolutionised the art of sculpture. But Rodin was also a draughtsman. In fact he produced more than 10,000 drawings, and they occupy a key position in the evolution and method of his art.

The drawings enabled him to experiment more freely and spontaneously with the human form than the large, three-dimensional sculptures allowed. He transferred the lessons learned through these drawings to his work with clay and stone. Hence we can say, as Rodin himself did, that his drawings are the key to his art.

The exhibition, which is created in collaboration with Musée Rodin in Paris, addresses the forces and impulses at play in these drawings, and looks at the things that make Rodin’s depictions of the human form so groundbreaking.

Fleeting Moments. Drawings by Rodin
Exhibition at the Staten Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen, 22 September 2016 – 15 January 2017 11/3/2016

Fleeting moments - Danemark.png
Fleeting Moments - National Gallery of Danemark
This exhibition takes you to the very core of the work of French sculptor Auguste Rodin: his drawings. Drawings allowed Rodin to explore the human form freely and spontaneously before expressing what he saw and learned in clay and stone.

It is very simple. My drawings are the key to my work.

The French artist Auguste Rodin (1840–1917) is one of the greatest masters in art history. He is best known for his dramatic, pathos-filled sculptures, which he created from the mid-nineteenth century onwards – works that revolutionised the art of sculpture. But Rodin was also a draughtsman. In fact he produced more than 10,000 drawings, and they occupy a key position in the evolution and method of his art.

The drawings enabled him to experiment more freely and spontaneously with the human form than the large, three-dimensional sculptures allowed. He transferred the lessons learned through these drawings to his work with clay and stone. Hence we can say, as Rodin himself did, that his drawings are the key to his art.

The exhibition, which is created in collaboration with Musée Rodin in Paris, addresses the forces and impulses at play in these drawings, and looks at the things that make Rodin’s depictions of the human form so groundbreaking.
Join the Circle of friends of the Musée Rodin !

The Rodin Museum consists of two historic sites closely related to the life of Auguste Rodin, the prestigious Hotel Biron in Paris and the Villa des Brillants in Meudon. The collection includes 6,700 sculptures, 9,000 drawings, 12,000 old photographs and 6,000 antiques.

The Société des Amis du Musée Rodin needs you to support the museum projects, welcome its visitors, maintain the estate and buildings, pursue a policy of acquisition and restoration of its heritage, and develop its scientific and cultural programs. To become a Friend of the Musée Rodin means to enter the museum!

Help enrich the collection of the Musée Rodin
Fundraising campaign - January 2016

Balzac needs you ! 1/12/2016

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Head of Balzac, penultimate study, 1897
© agence photographique du musée Rodin - Jérome Manoukian
"La résultante de toute ma vie, le pivot même de mon esthétique" (Rodin)

The Société des Amis du Musée Rodin participates in financing the acquisition of an important work for the collections of the Musée Rodin.

In 2016, the acquisition of the penultimate study of Balzac's Head is an amazing opportunity to enrich the collections of the Musée Rodin. The fine quality of this bronze cast and the rarity of the variant are in favor of the purchase which will fill a gap in the collection.

Focus on a masterpiece: Balzac, 1891-1898

Auguste Rodin
Head of Balzac, penultimate study, 1897
Bronze, sand cast by Leon Perzinka, 1899
H. 20 ; L. 17 ; P. 18 cm
Signed "Rodin" " under the “mèche”, on the right
Inscribed "The Perzinka. foundry / Versailles" under the “mèche”, on the left

In 1891, under the leadership of its President Emile Zola, the “Société des gens de lettres » commissioned Rodin to make a statue of the great writer Honore de Balzac (1799-1850).
The sculptor wanted to evoke the power of creation of this literary genius, and refused to convey a conventional image of a ordinary man wearing a period costume, pen in hand
Rodin’s work gave birth to a revolutionary assembly. The ample drapery of the dressing gown covers the body and hides all physical details in favor of a very simplified form. At the top, the head with visionary eyes culminates. The work radically breaks the codes in use at the time and particularly the realistic requirement of the genre.
The presentation of the statue caused a scandal: the work is refused. Today, this monumental sculpture fascinates.

"A huge head with expressive features"

It took Rodin six long years to achieve his researches for his great figure of Balzac. In the meantime, the head of the writer has known very many aspects, from the portraits directly inspired by paintings and photographs to the enormous head with very hollow eyes, large nose and prominent lips. Rodin amplified the facial features (mouth, nose, eyebrows, hair) in order to create powerful contrasts and a new expressiveness.

65 000 € need to be raised to allow this unique and exceptional work to join the national collections. The Société des Amis du Musée Rodin appeals to everyone’s generosity to enable this acquisition : friends of the museum, friends of friends, amateurs, all those who are attracted by an action of useful and practical philanthropy. By joining the Société des Amis du Musée Rodin, you will contribute to this purchase and will benefit many advantages for a year.

Whatever the amount of your donation, you will be thanked nominelly (unless otherwise instructed by you) on the websites of the Musée Rodin and the Amis du Musée Rodin. Your name will also be inscribed on a list of donors hung nearby the work.

Examples of benefits according to the level of donation :
Join the Circle of friends of the Musée Rodin !

The Rodin Museum consists of two historic sites closely related to the life of Auguste Rodin, the prestigious Hotel Biron in Paris and the Villa des Brillants in Meudon. The collection includes 6,700 sculptures, 9,000 drawings, 12,000 old photographs and 6,000 antiques.

The Société des Amis du Musée Rodin needs you to support the museum projects, welcome its visitors, maintain the estate and buildings, pursue a policy of acquisition and restoration of its heritage, and develop its scientific and cultural programs. To become a Friend of the Musée Rodin means to enter the museum!
Join the Circle of friends of the Musée Rodin !

The Rodin Museum consists of two historic sites closely related to the life of Auguste Rodin, the prestigious Hotel Biron in Paris and the Villa des Brillants in Meudon. The collection includes 6,700 sculptures, 9,000 drawings, 12,000 old photographs and 6,000 antiques.

The Société des Amis du Musée Rodin needs you to support the museum projects, welcome its visitors, maintain the estate and buildings, pursue a policy of acquisition and restoration of its heritage, and develop its scientific and cultural programs. To become a Friend of the Musée Rodin means to enter the museum!
Join the Circle of friends of the Musée Rodin !

The Rodin Museum consists of two historic sites closely related to the life of Auguste Rodin, the prestigious Hotel Biron in Paris and the Villa des Brillants in Meudon. The collection includes 6,700 sculptures, 9,000 drawings, 12,000 old photographs and 6,000 antiques.

The Société des Amis du Musée Rodin needs you to support the museum projects, welcome its visitors, maintain the estate and buildings, pursue a policy of acquisition and restoration of its heritage, and develop its scientific and cultural programs. To become a Friend of the Musée Rodin means to enter the museum!
Join the Circle of friends of the Musée Rodin !

The Rodin Museum consists of two historic sites closely related to the life of Auguste Rodin, the prestigious Hotel Biron in Paris and the Villa des Brillants in Meudon. The collection includes 6,700 sculptures, 9,000 drawings, 12,000 old photographs and 6,000 antiques.

The Société des Amis du Musée Rodin needs you to support the museum projects, welcome its visitors, maintain the estate and buildings, pursue a policy of acquisition and restoration of its heritage, and develop its scientific and cultural programs. To become a Friend of the Musée Rodin means to enter the museum!

Private tour with Musée Rodin’s director and curators for the Friends of the Museum 1/14/2016

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Private tour of the renovated building with the Museum's curators
Catherine Chevillot, General Heritage Curator and Director of the Musée Rodin, welcomed the friends of the Musée Rodin on the occasion of New Year’s greetings.
A private tour of the collections in their new setting led by François Blanchetiere, Curator at the Musée Rodin and Clémence Goldberger, responsible for public relations at the Musée Rodin allowed the friends to discover peacefully the renovations.

Following this visit, Yves de Chaisemartin, the President of the Société des Amis handed over to Catherine Chevillot an important contribution of the Friends of the Musée Rodin to finance the acquisition of a bronze head of Balzac.

Nevertheless, fundraising is still going on and donations are welcome.
Donation Amount Cost after tax deduction* Custom Acknowledgements
100 € 34 € Invitation to an event Amis du Musée**
250 € 85 € 1 year membership card to the Amis du Musée Rodin
500 € 170 € 1 membership card for two to the Amis du Musée Rodin**; Invitation to an exclusive event about the acquisitions with the curators of the Musée Rodin.
1000 € 340 € 2 membership cards for two to the Amis du Musée Rodin **; Invitation to a private visit during the closing hours with the curators of the Musée Rodin.
* Whatever the amount of your donation, if you are French tax resident, you get an advantageous tax deduction: 66% of your donation is deductible from your income tax (within the limit of 20% of taxable income). With each donation will be sent a tax receipt by mail to the address of the donor.

** The membership card for one or two is valid a year. It provides free unlimited priority access to the permanent and temporary exhibitions of the Musée Rodin in Paris and Meudon, and to the gardens. Members of the Musée Rodin may offer it to their friends.
How to donate?

Online Donation : www.amisderodin.fr - heading "Donations and Acquisitions »

Donate by check payable to the Société des Amis du Musée Rodin, 19 bd des Invalides F-75007 Paris

For each donation, a tax receipt will be sent by post to the address of the donor.

Special measures provided for exceptional donations and for companies. Please contact us for additional information.

Private tour with Musée Rodin’s director and curators for the Friends of the Museum 1/14/2016

Visitedu14janvier2016.jpg
Private tour of the renovated building with the Museum's curators
Catherine Chevillot, General Heritage Curator and Director of the Musée Rodin, welcomed the friends of the Musée Rodin on the occasion of New Year’s greetings.
A private tour of the collections in their new setting led by François Blanchetiere, Curator at the Musée Rodin and Clémence Goldberger, responsible for public relations at the Musée Rodin allowed the friends to discover peacefully the renovations.

Following this visit, Yves de Chaisemartin, the President of the Société des Amis handed over to Catherine Chevillot an important contribution of the Friends of the Musée Rodin to finance the acquisition of a bronze head of Balzac.

Nevertheless, fundraising is still going on and donations are welcome.

Private tour with Musée Rodin’s director and curators for the Friends of the Museum 1/14/2016

Visitedu14janvier2016.jpg
Private tour of the renovated building with the Museum's curators
Catherine Chevillot, General Heritage Curator and Director of the Musée Rodin, welcomed the friends of the Musée Rodin on the occasion of New Year’s greetings.
A private tour of the collections in their new setting led by François Blanchetiere, Curator at the Musée Rodin and Clémence Goldberger, responsible for public relations at the Musée Rodin allowed the friends to discover peacefully the renovations.

Following this visit, Yves de Chaisemartin, the President of the Société des Amis handed over to Catherine Chevillot an important contribution of the Friends of the Musée Rodin to finance the acquisition of a bronze head of Balzac.

Nevertheless, fundraising is still going on and donations are welcome.

Renovation of the Hôtel Biron
Reopening November 12, 2015
11/5/2015

The Hotel Biron after renovation
Known as the Hotel Biron, the magnificent eighteenth century’s mansion welcomes the Musée Rodin since it opened in 1919. It took more than three years to restore it and meet the safety and accessibility standards. The floors, in particular, had enormously suffered from the 700,000 annual visitors.

This renovation was the opportunity to rethink the museum scenography. The new layout shows the collections of the museum in a new light, highlighting the artist’s creative process. On this occasion, many works in plaster, illustrating the genesis of the artist’s work, have been restored and brought out of storage.

The tour, both chronological and thematic, spreads across 18 rooms as well as a totally new space dedicated to graphic art and photographs. One room ( "Rodin at the Hôtel Biron") will recreate the space as it was when the sculptor settled in the house in 1908. Its furniture has been restored for the occasion and this cabinet of curiosities displays works by Rodin himself but also elements of his collection of antiquities which he cared about a lot. This collection, little shown so far, is also exhibited in another room« Rodin and Antiquity». Over a hundred of ancient fragments will be displayed around the Walking Man, reflecting Rodin’s admiration of Antiquity and the diversity of his collection. The visitors will also discover fifty paintings from the artist's collection in the room : Le Père Tanguy by Van Gogh, Le Penseur by Edward Munch, but also the newly restored Théâtre of Belleville by Eugène Carrière. The painting remained three years Centre de recherche et de restauration des musées de France and now regained its glow.

Thanks to the generosity of Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Foundation, the furniture has been specially designed to accommodate the sculptures in the renovated spaces. Farrow & Ball, also a sponsor of the museum, has specially created a new color, Biron Gray, to subtly showcase the works.