“Rodin, Il Marmo, la Vita” (Rodin, Marble, Life) the new exhibition at the Sala delle Cariatidi in the Palazzo Reale in Milan features 60 works by the “father of modern sculpture.” The show is the most complete retrospective dedicated to the French master, and is sponsored by the Comune of Milan together with the Musée Rodin in Paris.
The exhibition, curated by Aline Magnien, the head conservator at the Musée Rodin in Paris, is divided in three sections: In the first section, a focus on the study of flesh, and sensuality which features some works from the master’s youth – including his “Man with a Broken Nose” (his homage to Michelangelo,) a sculpture that was turned down by the Paris Salon of 1864. The section culminates with “The Kiss” a statue depicting two lovers’ passionate embrace, which created a scandal when first shown. The second section shows off the mature works of the master which show his continuous need to explore new expressive forms, and the third, celebrates Rodin’s studied research in the unfinished, a device which harkens back to the works of Michelangelo. And it is because of this tie to Michelangelo’s unfinished works that the admission ticket to the Rodin exhibition will give discounted admission to the Castello Sforzesco, where Michelangelo’s “Rondanini Pietà” is housed.
The exhibition will continue in Rome at the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna di Roma, after its Milan premiere.
Visit the exhibition website, linked here, for more information.
“Il Marmo, La Vita”
Until the 26th of January, 2014
Sala delle Cariatidi
Piazza del Duomo
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