How ancient Greek sculpture inspired Rodin to set a new radical direction for modern art.
Auguste Rodin (1840 – 1917) was one of the greatest and most innovative sculptors of the modern era. In 1881 the French sculptor visited London for the first time. On a trip to the British Museum, he saw the Parthenon sculptures and was instantly captivated by the beauty of these ancient Greek masterpieces.
Now, a hundred years after the artist’s death, visitors will be able to appreciate Rodin’s extraordinary talent as a sculptor by showing his work alongside the very Parthenon sculptures that inspired him.
Thanks to a collaboration with the Musée Rodin in Paris, over 80 works in marble, bronze and plaster, along with some of Rodin’s sketches will be displayed in conversation with the ancient Greek art collection of the British Museum. The show will allow visitors 360-degree access to many of the works to help understand the extent of the influence of the art of antiquity on the artist, and allow to appreciate the full breadth and depth of Rodin’s unique vision and great achievement as a sculptor.
Roding and the Art of Greece
26 April – 29 July 2018