Thursday, May 28, 2015

MMFA 2015: Rodin - Metamorphoses

RODIN - Metamorphoses
In Rodin's Studio

May 30 - October 18, 2015

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts presens a new exhibition Metamorphoses: In Rodin’s Studio. It was produced by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in collaboration with the Musée Rodin in Paris and had already circulated in the United States. This exhibition features close to 300 works and is the largest Rodin exhibition ever presented in Canada. It includes masterpieces that are being shown for the first time in North America.

The Musée Rodin and its director Catherine Chevillot have generously loaned 171 sculptures. They include rarely lent 94 precious plasters (plaster casts) which are special and fragile witnesses of master’s work. Plaster is the material best suited to perceiving Rodin’s manner of working. As the original works in raw clay could not be preserved, the plasters remain the most faithful stamp of his art.

Among the other loans from generous Canadian and international collaborators is the marble The Hand of God from New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. Additional lenders include some fifteen institutions and private collectors in Canada, France and the United States, among them the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco Legion of Honor and the Los Angeles County Museum. Finally, a few sculptures by contemporaries and students of Rodin, such as Bourdelle, Carriès, Claudel and Desbois, help to complete the vision of the artist impetus in the Rodin's studio.

The exhibition also includes three rare pieces in terracotta, a glass paste, a porcelain, four stoneware pieces, fourteen precious marbles and a major selection of bronze castings of both older and more recent vintage. Also, there are eighty six old photographs, and a number of drawings and watercolours which will be shown in rotation because of their fragility.

In addition, one will see the Museum’s recent acquisition - an important collection of 70 photographs taken by Eugène Duet, a close collaborator of Rodin. 

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For more information, visit the MMFA website.

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