|Location||Hôtel Biron, 79, rue de Varenne, 75007 Paris, France|
The Musée Rodin in Paris, France, is a museum that was opened in 1919, dedicated to the works of the French sculptor Auguste Rodin. It has two sites, at the Hôtel Biron and surrounding grounds in central Paris, and just outside Paris at Rodin's old home, the Villa des Brillants at Meudon (Hauts-de-Seine). The collection includes 6,600 sculptures, 8,000 drawings, 8,000 old photographs and 7,000 objets d’art. The museum receives 700,000 visitors annually.
While living in the Villa des Brillants Rodin used the Hôtel Biron as his workshop from 1908, and subsequently donated his entire collection of sculptures (along with paintings by Vincent van Gogh and Pierre-Auguste Renoir that he had acquired) to the French State on the condition that they turn the buildings into a museum dedicated to his works.
The Musée Rodin contains most of Rodin's significant creations, including The Thinker, The Kiss and The Gates of Hell. Many of his sculptures are displayed in the museum's extensive garden. The museum is one of the most accessible museums in Paris. It is located near a Metro stop, Varenne, in a central neighborhood and the entrance fee is very reasonable. The gardens around the museum building contain many of the famous sculptures in natural settings. Behind the museum building is a small lake and casual restaurant.
Additionally, the Metro stop, Varenne, features some of Rodin's sculptures on the platform. The building is served by Métro (line 13) : Varenne or Invalides, R.E.R (line C) : Invalides and Bus : 69, 82, 87, 92.
The museum has also a room dedicated to works of Camille Claudel. Some paintings by Monet, Renoir and Van Gogh which were in Rodin's personal collections are also presented. The Musée Rodin collections are very diverse, as Rodin used to collect besides being an artist.
Since 2012 the Musée Rodin has been directed by Catherine Chevillot, a specialist in late 19th and early 20th century sculpture. Chevillot's main objectives are "to make the museum a reference for sculpture" and increase the number of visitors to Rodin's atelier in Meudon.
Temporary exhibitions dedicated to Rodin
- La sculpture dans l’espace, Rodin, Brâncuși, Giacometti (November 2005-February 2006): 82,000 visitors
- Rodin et les danseuses cambodgiennes, sa dernière passion (June 2006-September 2006): 91,000 visitors
- Rodin, les figures d’Eros (November 2006-March 2007): 84,000 visitors
- Camille Claudel, une femme, une artiste (April 2008-July 2008): 150,000 visitors
- La Passion à l’œuvre, Rodin et Freud, collectionneurs (October 2008-February 2009)
- Corps et décors. Rodin et les arts décoratifs (April 2010-August 2010)
- Rodin. Laboratoire de la création (13 November 2014 – 27 September 2015)
Contemporary art exhibitions
Recently, contemporary art exhibitions are also organized, as it was done as early as 1949 when the first Salon de la jeune sculpture took place at the Musée Rodin. Artists such as Anthony Caro, Eugène Dodeigne, Étienne Bossut exhibited at the museum. Bill Viola, Adel Abdessemed and Mircea Cantor have been invited to screen videos in the park for the « Nuit des musées ». In 2010, artworks by Belgian artist Wim Delvoye were exhibited, as well as a program of video-performances by artists such as Vito Acconci, Sanja Iveković, Marina Abramović and Mona Hatoum. A Henry Moore exhibition, dedicated to his studio and small sculptures, runs there from October 15, 2010 to February 27, 2011.
Gallery of sculptures
- Chevillot, Catherine; Hélène Marraud, Hélène Pinet: Rodin: The Laboratory of Creation. Translation by John Adamson. Dijon: Éditions Faton (2014). ISBN 9782878442007
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- Musée Rodin
- A visitor's story of the Musée Rodin at night
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- Radio France Internationale - Matisse and Rodin exhibition
- Photos taken in Hotel Biron
- Rodin: The B. Gerald Cantor Collection, a full text exhibition catalog from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, a good resource for more material on Rodin