Auguste Rodin challenged centuries old traditions and defied the popular conventions of his time, during the mid 19th to early 20th century, he pioneered a new art movement to look beyond physical form to create sculpture in abstraction—eventually winning over the admiration of his critics. Next year will mark the 100th anniversary of his death and in its honor, the Grand Palais des Champs-Élysées and Musée Rodin have unveiled plans to stage an extensive exhibition of the French sculptor’s ground-breaking work in March of next year.
Titled Rodin, The Centenary Exhibition, the show will include over 200 individual artworks in the halls of the Grand Palais. Organized in the hope of establishing a deeper understanding of the artist’s thought process and countless hours of devoted workmanship, a number of well and lesser known pieces will be on display. Of the more famous works of art, visitors can expect to see The Kiss and The Thinker, which were originally created as a part of Rodin’s larger body of work inspired by a part of Dante Alighieri’s epic 14th century poem Inferno, called The Gates of Hell.
Rodin, The Centenary Exhibition opens its doors on March 22, 2017 and runs until July 31, 2017.