In a career that spanned the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Auguste Rodin (French, 1840–1917) was deeply inspired by tradition yet rebelled against its idealized forms, introducing innovative practices that paved the way for modern sculpture. He believed that art should be true to nature, a philosophy that shaped his attitudes to models and materials. Many know Rodin for the controversies surrounding certain of his works, such as the scandals around The Age of Bronze or the Monument to Honoré de Balzac, and for his unfinished projects, most famously The Gates of Hell. But few who recognize Rodin's sculptures have failed to be moved by them.
To celebrate his life and legacy, cities around the world are exhibiting Rodin's sculptures! Check out the Midwest exhibitions below.
September 1, 2017 to May 13, 2018
The Cleveland Museum of Art, OH, USA
The Hysterical Material
September 14 to December 17, 2017
Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Rodin and the Contemporary Figurative Tradition
September 15, 2017 - January 7, 2018
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, MI
Rodin: Sculptor and Storyteller
November, 3 2017 to March 4, 2018
The Art Institute of Chicago, Il, USA