About 40 bronze works by the founder of modern sculpture, Auguste Rodin, will be exhibited in the summer at the Peter and Paul Fortress. Part of the exposition will be placed in the atrium of the Commandant’s House, and large sculptures will be placed in the open. The originals of many works will be brought to Petersburg for the first time. Copies of Rodin's sculptures, which the master allowed to create in any quantity during his lifetime, are on permanent display at the Hermitage and at the A. Pushkin Moscow Museum of Fine Arts.
Rodin never worked with professional sitters demonstrating memorized poses. He was called the symbolist in sculpture, and his work - figures floating out of a block of marble. Auguste began his career in a workshop on the site of a former stable. He sent to the Paris Salon a bust of "A Man with a Broken Nose," which contradicts all the canons that have become established in the art world. And even after Rodin was recognized as an innovator, his work caused scandals and customers refused them.
Plans for the summer: Exhibitions and theater in St. Petersburg
The work of graduates of the Faculty of Photography them. Halperin will be shown in "Floors"
The Kiss ("The Kiss"), 1882, and The Thinker: Birth of an Iconic Work ("The Thinker: The Birth of the Symbol"), 1882Iris, Headless Study ("Iris, a sketch without a head"), 1891-1893, and Balzac, Nude Study C ("Balzac, a sketch of nudity C), 1892Damned Women ("Damned Women), 1890The Crouching Woman ("Squatting Woman"), 18811882Eternal SpringThe Burghers of Calais (Citizens of Calais), 1884Fugit amor
Such works by Rodin will be brought to the exhibition in Petropavlovka, such as the portrait of Dante's The Thinker, Kiss, depicting lovers from the Divine Comedy, as well as the sculpture of Camille Claudel created during the tragedy that ended in a love affair. The sculpture group "Citizens of Calais", fragments of the compositions of the Mouvements de Dance, documents, sketches and photographs of Rodin, as well as the album "Gupil" containing 142 graphic drawings will be brought to St. Petersburg.
The Peter and Paul Fortress was not chosen by chance as a site in St. Petersburg. One of the initiators of the exhibition, Patrick Carpentier, founder of the Carpentier Art gallery and owner of the Rodin sculpture collection, once opened the world to Mikhail Shemyakin, and it was with his assistance that the sculpture of Peter I appeared on Zayachy Island. Following Rodin, the organizers promise to bring Chagall and Warhol.
Marika Parsadenelli, organizer of the exhibition: “In St. Petersburg and Moscow, we will present more than 40 bronze sculptures and engravings by Rodin. These are all originals of the second casting, there can be no claim that they are copies. All works are from private collections, mainly Patrick Carpentier and Serge Goldenberg. There are only five marble copies in the Hermitage, the most famous of which are the “Bronze Age” and “Eternal Spring” will be presented in bronze at an exhibition in the Peter and Paul Fortress. After the exposition, it is planned to donate one sculpture to St. Petersburg. You can, what kind, but most likely it will be "The Thinker". "