Rodin and the art of ancient Greece

British Museum, Londres (Royaume-Uni)

From April 26 to July 29, 2018

In 1881 Auguste Rodin visited London for the first time. On a trip to the British Museum, he saw the Parthenon sculptures and was instantly captivated by the beauty of these ancient Greek masterpieces.

Like many archaeological ruins, the Parthenon sculptures had been broken and weathered over centuries, but Rodin took inspiration from the powerful expression that they conveyed through the body alone. He even removed the heads and limbs from his own figures to make them closer to the broken relics of the past. By doing so, he created a new genre of contemporary art – the headless, limbless torso.

A hundred years after his death, see a selection of Rodin’s works – including his iconic sculptures The Thinker and The Kiss – in a new light. This major exhibition will feature original plaster, bronze and marble examples of many of Rodin’s sculptures on loan from the Musée Rodin in Paris. For the first time, they will be shown alongside some of the Parthenon sculptures that the artist so admired, as well as selected objects from his own collection of antiquities.


Figures L and M of goddesses in diaphanous drapery from the east pediment of the Parthenon and The Kiss


Exhibition curators

Ian Jenkins et Bénédicte Garnier

Loaned artworks

93 artworks from Musée Rodin's collections

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