This exhibition was a retrospective of the artist’s career and included more than 60 bronzes which were for the most part cast posthumously from original wax sculptures created by the artist.
Rodin: A Magnificent Obsession , Sculpture from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation featured more than sixty bronze sculptures spanning the artist’s career,including such works as The Thinker (1880) and The Kiss (ca. 1881-82). The exhibition celebrates the artist’s revolutionary contributions to modern sculpture. The works were chosen to convey major projects and themes from throughout Rodin’s career, from his earliest bust of his father, Jean-Baptiste Rodin, to his later studies of dancing figures.
In addition to such highlights as cast versions of The Gates of Hell and The Burghers of Calais, the exhibition included works on paper, photographs, portraits of the artist and an educational model that demonstrated the complexities of the lost-wax casting process, Rodin’s favored method of sculptural reproduction.
Organized and made possible by the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation.