The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Sunday, April 22, 2018

Musee Rodin in Paris Presents "Works in Progress, Rodin and the Ambassadors"
Auguste Rodin, Le Baiser : Photo Christian Baraja.

PARIS.- Musee Rodin presents “Works in Progress, Rodin and the Ambassadors” examines the way in which Rodin’s work is perceived and strives to show not only how his sculpture developed but also how it was and continues to be reinterpreted. The exhibition compares 100 or so works by Rodin (1840-1917) with about 30 post-1945, modern and contemporary works. The exhibition is on view May 6 through September 4, 2011.

Jean Arp, Marcel Duchamp, Joan Miro, Jean Fautrier, Lucio Fontana, Jean Dubuffet, Alberto Giacometti , Willem de Kooning, Joseph Beuys, Marcel Broodthaers, Eduardo Paolozzi, Anthony Caro, Cy Twombly, Eric Cameron, Richard Serra, Bruce Nauman, Haim Steinbach, Sophie Ristelhueber, Ugo Rondinone, Douglas Gordon, Urs Fischer.

An unprecedented approach
This unprecedented approach sets Rodin’s works in the context of critical analysis made since the postwar period. It considers both acclaimed pieces such as The Age of Bronze, The Kiss, Balzac and Walking Man and models found in his studio after his death. Much has since been learnt from studies of these models. A reassessment of Rodin’s art naturally stems from the work of critics, art historians and curators who have introduced the public to an enriched oeuvre by including the plasters, fragmentary figures and assemblages. A sort of work in progress, Rodin’s creativity draws on a tradition that he made his own while transforming his studio into a vast recycling and rehabilitation workshop, as well as using his own sculpture as a matrix to be endlessly reproduced, reborn, reassembled and recomposed.

A new way of looking
This reappraisal of Rodin’s work also owes something to art, i.e. the production of several artists from the postwar period to the present day. Their preoccupations – not only with material and modelling but also with highlighting fragments or combining different components – have had repercussions on the manner in which Rodin is considered and contemporary art is viewed. From Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968) to Urs Fischer (born 1973), each of these artists has become an “ambassador” for a certain way of looking at the world, at art, at present and past works.

An exhibition in 11 sections
Aligning itself with the processes used in sculpture, such as choice of material, finishing, polishing, assemblage or series, to name just a few, the exhibition does not seek to establish links or affiliations but rather to question notions of permanency, variations and shifts in meaning. The choices made – an exhibition in 11 sections and the selection of works by Rodin and 21 other artists to be displayed – are intended to create a contrast, a certain tension, between them, without seeking historic or formal justifications.

Take, for example, Rodin’s assemblages exhibited opposite Bruce Nauman’s Butt To Butt, or Balzac’s Dressing Gown standing face to face with Joseph Beuys’ The Skin, or, in the “Series and Variations” section, the 28 busts executed for the portrait of Georges Clemenceau shown alongside the 64 wax sculptures that make up Ugo Rondinone’s Diary of Clouds.

The exhibition continues in the main courtyard of the Hôtel Biron, where three monumental works by Urs Fischer in cast aluminium will be exhibited for the first time outdoors between The Thinker and The Gates of Hell.

Allowing the works to dialogue between themselves, this exhibition should enable visitors to choose their own way around and form their own free associations.

Today's News

May 6, 2011

The Concept of The Power of Giving Examined in New Exhibition at Museum in Dresden

Art Basel Takes Major Step Toward Expansion in Asia, Buys Hong Kong International Art Fair

Sotheby's to Sell Major Masterwork by Leading British Post-War Artist Francis Bacon

Gagosian Gallery Centers Exhibition on Recent Discovery of Painting by Arshile Gorky

Musee Rodin in Paris Presents "Works in Progress, Rodin and the Ambassadors"

David Zwirner Presents Works by Donald Judd Drawn from Seminal 1989 Exhibition

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art Announces Endowment Gifts from Walton Family Foundation

Christie's in London to Offer the Extraordinary Collection of Duarte Pinto Coelho

Knoedler & Company Presents Exhibition of Paintings by Conrad Marca-Relli

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar Endorses American Latino Art Museum Plan

Memorabilia of Rock and Pop Musical Legends to Be Auctioned at Christie's in June

Christie's New York Announces Post-War and Contemporary Day Sale May 12

Major Survey Exhibition of the Venezuelan Artist Jésus Rafael Soto: 1955 to 2004 at Haunch of Venison

Gagosian Gallery Presents New Distinctive Metal Sculptures by Artist John Chamberlain

Madison Square Park Conservancy Presents the NY Public Art Debut of Jaume Plensa

Web Application Announced for 9/11 Dead Listed on National Memorial at Ground Zero

Medal Awarded to Sheffield Wendesday's W. E. Clegg to Sell at Bonhams More Virtual Fairs Announced

London Original Print Fair Records Highest Ever Visitor Figures

Impressionist & Modern Art Day Sale Brings $39 Million at Sotheby's New York

SFMOMA and Google Partner to Give Bay Area Families Greater Access to Art Education

Exhibition Featuring Objects Never Before Seen in Canada to Be Presented in Toronto

Sotheby's Offers One of the Most Important Works by Egon Schiele Ever to Come to the Market

Paintings, Drawings, and Prints of Builders by Jacob Lawrence at DC Moore Gallery

National Archives and Partners Launch New International Nazi-Era Records Internet Portal

Amanda Sharp and Matthew Slotover Announce Details of Frieze Art Fair 2011

Masterpiece by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema Achieves $29.2 Million at Sotheby's New York

Roger Kennedy, Former Museum Director, Receives Smithsonian's Henry Medal

14-Foot Walk-Through Purse Shown in Washington State

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- John Surtees' one-owner 1957 BMW 507 to be offered for the first time at Bonhams Festival of Speed sale

2.- Antiques looted in Libya by IS sold in Spain, two experts arrested

3.- The world's oldest bridge to be preserved by the British Museum's Iraq Scheme

4.- Exquisite jewels dazzle in historic Cartier exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia

5.- Now showing in US cinemas: "Hitler VS Picasso and The Others" directed by Claudio Poli

6.- New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art returns stolen idols to Nepal

7.- Glasgow starts a year of celebration as Charles Rennie Mackintosh exhibition opens

8.- Very rare Qing Dynasty bowl sells for $30.4 million

9.- Gardner Museum publishes "Stolen" book about 13 works in 1990 theft

10.- Royal Ontario Museum announces appointment of Curator, Islamic Art & Culture

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful