Rodin, The light from antiquity

Rodin, The light from antiquity

Fom 6 april to 1st september 2013

The General Council of Bouches-du-Rhône and its Musée Départemental Arles Antique, are participating in Marseille-Provence 2013, European Capital of Culture by offering two major events: The extension of the museum to receive the ancient barge Arles Rhône 3 and the exhibition “Rodin, The Light from Antiquity” co-organised with the Musée Rodin. This exhibition, through both the originality of its chosen perspective and the wealth of works proposed, fully reflects the determination of the department to make MP2013 a collective success, shared by as many as possible.

« At home, I have fragments of gods for my daily enjoyment. Their contemplation gives me the pleasure of these solemn hours from which thereafter Antiquity always speaks to us (…)(…) » Auguste Rodin, 1904

After three years of negotiations and research, this exhibition is a wealth of exceptional collaborations presenting the major works of Rodin under the gaze of celebrated antiquities, including his own collection. Some thirty public and private lenders are contributing to this project coproduced with the Musée Rodin, which will offer a condensed version of this manifestation in Paris, from November 19, 2013 to February 23, 2014. .

The 132 Rodin works selected, sculptures, assemblages and drawings, are evidence of this aesthetic fusion which occupied the sculptor throughout his career. In mirror image, 132 exceptional antiquities that had inhabited his life and his mind, will be reunited with The Thinker, The Age of Bronze, The Walking Man, The Great Shade, Monument to Victor Hugo, Eve, The Centauress...

The spectacular copy of the Laocoon from the Vatican, created for the collection of Louis XIV by Jean-Baptiste Tuby (1635 –1700), will vacate the gardens of Versailles to join the Monument to Victor Hugo, inspired by this Greek model. In the same vein, the Diadumenos from the British Museum will join The Age of Bronze. Through these sometimes surprising encounters, these reappropriations prove emblematic to a creative process inseparable from the complicity essential to Rodin’s approach. The shadow of antiquity thus looms behind each of his sculptures, imperceptible and underlying, persistence of a Greek art, founding and transformed, that illuminates the course of the exhibition.

Pascale Picard, Curator of the Musée Départemental Arles Antique, General Commissioner.

Bénédicte Garnier, Director of the Rodin collection at the Musée Rodin, Associate Commissioner.

Voir le site du Musée départemental Arles antique