Rodin and the Contemporary Figurative Tradition

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Rodin and the Contemporary Figurative Tradition

September 15, 2017 January 7, 2018

Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) was among the most revolutionary figurative artists in history, and his vast influence continues today. Timed to coincide with the centenary of his passing and international recognition as the greatest sculptor of modernism, this exhibition features seventeen contemporary sculptors whose work is in dialogue with and perhaps even indebted to the great French master. In addition to the display of several works by Rodin, the galleries will highlight seventeen critically acclaimed sculptors from across the United States and Europe. 

Overview

Rodin and the Contemporary Figurative Tradition at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
Friday, September 15—Saturday, January 7, 2018

Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) was among the most revolutionary figurative artists in history, and his vast influence continues today. Timed to coincide with the centenary of his passing and international recognition as the greatest sculptor of modernism, this exhibition features seventeen contemporary sculptors whose work is in dialogue with and perhaps even indebted to the great French master. In addition to the display of several works by Rodin, the galleries will highlight seventeen critically acclaimed sculptors from across the United States and Europe. 

Today, many sculptors are looking at the work of Rodin through new eyes. Ideas of figuration, fragmentation, portraiture, narrative and materiality have never been so broadly and inventively explored. This exhibition, organized exclusive for Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, offers an international survey of the importance of figurative sculpture in the ambiance of Rodin. Works at variety of scale and in numerous materials from bronze and marble, to wood and video. In the galleries, sculptures will be displayed in visual conversation with original works by Rodin, including Meijer Gardens own cast of The Kiss.

Rodin and the Contemporary Figurative Tradition is made possible by:
The Meijer Foundation
Botanic and Sculpture Societies of Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts

Rodin and the Contemporary Figurative Tradition has been recognized by the Musée Rodin, Paris and the international Rodin Centenary Commission, Centenaire: Rodin100, as one of the official anniversary events of 2017.

Events

September 14, 2017 6:00 pm

Member Opening: Rodin

Meet some of our ArtPrize artists.

October 6, 2017 3:30 pm

Outdoor Guided Sketching

An illustrator guides you in gestural drawing.

Learn which elements Rodin borrowed and broke from within the history of art.

Sponsors

Rodin and the Contemporary Figurative Tradition is made possible by:

The Meijer Foundation
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park Foundation
Botanic and Sculpture Societies of Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts

Rodin and the Contemporary Figurative Tradition is recognized as one of the official centenary evetns of 2017 by the prestigious Musée Rodin, Paris and the international Rodin Centenary Commission, Centenaire: Rodin 100.