On the occasion of the centenary of the death of Auguste Rodin, considered as one of the fathers of modern sculpture, the exhibition takes a fresh look at the artist, demonstrating the terribly precursor character of a sculptor who reinvented his art.
Along with the works of his contemporaries, such as Bourdelle, Claudel, Brancusi, Picasso or Richier, young artists fundamentally influenced by Rodin, it is all the power of his genius that imposes itself on visitors.
How did Rodin succeed in breathing life into his bronze sculptures? How does he succeed in bringing so much energy out of a block of marble? Rodin definitely changed the face of sculpture by freeing himself from the modes of representation that weighed on the heirs of classicism (David, Ingres) as well as the supporters of realism (Courbet, Millet).
How not to be grasped by the immensity of its monumental Gate of Hell surrounded by its finest works, all derived from this repertoire of forms unique in the history of art? Stop a moment in front of this man who walks, this bust without head or arm, which will announce the intense, even anguished, art of a Giacometti or a Germaine Richier, the lyrical work of a De Kooning, German newcomers like Baselitz and Lüpertz. Observe these hyper-expressive faces, revealing the interiority of tortured souls, an art unthinkable at a time when only the figurative counted, prefiguring abstraction and expressionism.
An exhibition that reveals all the visionary impertinence of a sculptor of genius.