Rodin at the Brooklyn Museum: The Body in Bronze

Event  |  Reviews  |  Comments
Auguste Rodin: Pierre de Wiessant, Monumental Nude, 1886, cast 1983. Cast by Fonderie de Coubertin, Saint-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse Bronze 781/4 X 443/4 X 361/2 In. (198.8 X 113.7 X 92.7 Cm) © Brooklyn Museum; Gift of the B. Gerald Cantor Collection, 86.310. (Photo: Justin Van Soest)
Rodin at the Brooklyn Museum: The Body in Bronze
Curated by: Lisa Small

200 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11238-6052
November 17th, 2017 - April 22nd
Opening: November 17th, 2017 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Wed, Fri-Sun 11-6; Thu 11-10


We mark the hundredth anniversary of Auguste Rodin’s death, in 1917, with an installation of our remarkable collection of 58 Rodin bronzes, acquired through a generous gift from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation in 1983.

Rodin at the Brooklyn Museum: The Body in Bronze highlights the extraordinary tension in Rodin’s work between the figure itself and abstract form, allowing the fluid contours, animated surfaces, and emotional presence of these bronzes to emerge fully. The presentation places the works in their historical context, examining Rodin’s legacy and reputation, and exploring his sculptural practice and the bronze casting process.

Rodin heralded a new era in sculpture, and he is represented here through each phase of his prolific career, including both small and monumental works related to his best-known commissions: The Gates of Hell (begun 1880), the Monument to Balzac (1891–98), and The Burghers of Calais (1884–95). Also featured are some of his sensitively rendered studies of hands as well as fragments of ancient sculptures from our collection that are similar to those that inspired Rodin.

Rodin at the Brooklyn Museum: The Body in Bronze is organized by Lisa Small, Senior Curator, European Art, Brooklyn Museum.


This exhibition is made possible through the generous support of the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation.

It is presented as part of Rodin100, a worldwide series of major Rodin exhibitions in 2017 commemorating the centennial of the artist's death.