Rodin’s sculptures, and the art of Ancient Greece

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10 AM to 5.30 PM (Sat-Thu); 10 AM to 8.30 PM (Fri); Last entry 15 mins before closing
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Rodin was inspired by ancient Greek sculpture to pursue a radical new direction in his own art. But why?

The French sculptor first visited London in 1881 and came to the museum to see the Parthenon sculptures (the Elgin marbles). He appears to have been captivated by the beauty of these ancient Greek pieces and the way they expressed power and movement through the body alone. This led to him removing the heads and limbs from his own sculptures, and creating a new genre of contemporary art: the headless, limbless torso.

This exhibition includes a selection of Rodin's works, including The Thinker and The Kiss, alongside some of the Parthenon sculptures that so inspired him. There will also be some plaster, bronze and marble sculptures on loan from the Musee Rodin in Paris.


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Craig’s review – “I always feel like a school kid walking round here, looking at all the broken bones and stones and pretending to be keen. "Yes, Miss... a piece of pottery from 1,000 BC. Amazing." Don't forget to tick them off on your sheet, she says. "When can we can we go home, Miss?" Not for another three hours, she says. "Oh Jesus Christ, are you serious?… continued”

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