Tate Modern Exhibition

The EY Exhibition The Making of Rodin

Rodin sculpture

Auguste Rodin Main droite de Pierre et Jacques de Wissant 1885–86 Musée Rodin, S.00332

Experimental works reveal a new side to the sculptor who changed art history

Working at the turn of the 20th century, Auguste Rodin created sculptures with an expressiveness and emotion rarely seen before.

This major exhibition offers a unique insight into Rodin’s processes, highlighting the crucial role of plaster in his practice. The exhibition evokes the informal atmosphere of the studio, where you will discover lesser-known pieces and new aspects of his most iconic works.

Although Rodin is best known for his bronze and marble sculptures, his greatest skill was as a modeller, who captured movement, light and volume in pliable materials such as clay and plaster. A stockpile of plaster body parts allowed him to experiment with fragmentation, assemblage and repetition, exploring infinite groupings and poses. Seeing his work in plaster is the closest we can come to Rodin’s thinking and mark where his work breaks with tradition.

The realisation of this landmark exhibition is possible due to a unique collaboration with the Musée Rodin, who have offered Tate unprecedented access to their collection. It features over 200 works, many of which have not been seen outside of France before.

The EY Exhibition: The Making of Rodin is presented in the Eyal Ofer Galleries. The exhibition is part of The EY Tate Arts Partnership. With additional support from the Rodin Exhibition Supporters Circle and Tate Patrons. Organised by Tate Modern and Musée Rodin, Paris.

Curated by Nabila Abdel Nabi, Curator International Art, Tate Modern, Chloé Ariot, Curator for Sculpture, Musée Rodin, Paris, Achim Borchardt-Hume, Director of Exhibitions and Programmes and Helen O’Malley, Assistant Curator, Tate Modern

Auguste Rodin Study for The Thinker, a plaster sculpture of a man with his chin resting on his fist in a completive pose

Auguste Rodin Study for The Thinker 1881 Musée Rodin, S.01168

group of men sculpture by rodin

Auguste Rodin Monument des Bourgeois de Calais 1889 Musée Rodin, S.00153

Tate Modern

The Eyal Ofer Galleries

London SE1 9TG
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29 April – 31 October 2021

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Supported by

With additional support from

The Rodin Exhibition Supporters Circle:

Huo Family Foundation (UK) Limited

and Tate Patrons

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