Coming soon! Opens October 21
Auguste Rodin (French, 1840–1917) is one of the most celebrated sculptors of the modern age. Due in part to the collectors, critics, and curators who helped shape the public image of his work, he is represented in museums and private collections across the globe. Rodin in the United States: Confronting the Modern follows his rise to eminence in the United States, beginning in 1893, when the first Rodin sculpture entered an American museum; expanding with a surge of interest from private collectors in the early 1900s and a spate of key museum acquisitions in the 1920s and 1930s; continuing through decades of disinterest at midcentury; and culminating with his popular and critical revival in the 1980s.
Seventy sculptures and drawings in the exhibition feature many of Rodin’s best-known compositions as well as less familiar works and numerous expressive and probing drawings. They show Rodin’s genius across an array of media, from terracotta and plaster to bronze and marble, and illuminate his creative process, from studies and maquettes to finished works—ultimately revealing this artist’s incredible daring and inventiveness as he continually pushed against and beyond traditional notions of sculpture.
Exhibition catalogue available for purchase at the Museum Shop and at museumshop.high.org. Members receive 10% off Shop purchases.
Opening Weekend Celebration: Rodin in the United States: Confronting the Modern
Saturday, October 22, 5–9 p.m.
Join us to celebrate the opening of Rodin in the United States: Confronting the Modern. Members enjoy exclusive after-hours access to the exhibition and music by Black Box Disco, an interactive drawing demonstration, and cash bars. Plus, be sure to grab a few fun shots with our selfie booth from DigiBooths!
On view at the High through January 15, 2023, this exhibition follows Rodin’s rise to eminence in America due in large part to the collectors, critics, and curators who helped make it happen.
Opening Weekend Lecture by Antoinette Le Normand-Romain
Saturday, October 22, 2 p.m.
Join Antoinette Le Normand-Romain, the director general of the National Institute of the History of Art in Paris, for the opening lecture. Visit high.org for details.