I confess, I’m not really big on sculpture, but Auguste Rodin knocks my socks off. I went into Philadelphia a few weeks ago and walked three miles from my friend’s apartment to check out the Rodin Museum, something I have been wanting to do ever since moving to Cranbury, New Jersey last July (which is about 45 minutes from Philly). His sculptures—whose themes are often centered around physical embrace, sexual love and intricate studies of the human anatomy—always move me. And, with 2017 being the 100th anniversary of the great French artist’s death, the Brooklyn Museum is presenting “Rodin at the Brooklyn Museum: The Body in Bronze,” a show you can be sure I am not going to miss.
The exhibit will feature works that led up to some of his most celebrated pieces, including “The Gates of Hell,” “Monument to Balzac” and “The Burghers of Calais.” There will also be several studies of Rodin’s work with hands, arguably his most brilliant pieces. All total, the show will contain 58 of his sculptures in bronze, and I for one simply cannot wait. I remember walking around the intimate Rodin Museum in Philly, looking in wonder at his intricate marble works (“The Kiss,” “The Thinker”), wondering where does one get the discipline to put in the time needed to do such careful, precise, enormous works of stone? But then I remembered one of Rodin’s most well-known quotes, “Patience is also a form of action.”
Well said. And clearly, Auguste Rodin had both, in spades.
“Rodin at the Brooklyn Museum: The Body in Bronze,” The Brooklyn Museum, Nov. 17-April 22, 2018, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, 718.638.5000