The Rodin Museum, located in Philadelphia, houses one of the largest collections of work by French Sculptor Auguste Rodin. The museum plans to close on January 8, 2015, to undergo a month-long reinstallation. The museum plans to place more emphasis on Rodin’s achievements as a portraitist with the reinstallation.
“One of the great delights of this rich collection is the range of works that illuminate the breadth of Rodin’s artistic career. His portraits were prized in his day for their depth and honesty, and they continue to offer fascinating insights into his sculptural practice,” said Jennifer Thompson associate curator at the Rodin Museum.
Busts that will be on display include Pope Benedict XV, composer Gustav Mahler and Joseph Pulitzer. The museum plans to display these and other works within the larger context of Rodin’s life, career and the culture of late nineteenth and twentieth-century Paris.
Rodin’s “The Athlete” will also be on display. This piece depicts the detailed body of Samuel Stockton White III who was the only Philadelphian to model for Rodin.
The museum will reopen on February 8, 2015, and will be open Wednesdays through Mondays. The Rodin Museum is located at 2151 Benjamin Franklin Parkway.