Rodin Museum (Musée Rodin) – Paris

Rodin Museum (Musée Rodin) – ParisRodin Museum (Musée Rodin) – ParisRodin Museum (Musée Rodin) – ParisRodin Museum (Musée Rodin) – ParisRodin Museum (Musée Rodin) – Paris

As home to the most treasured and comprehensive collection of the works of renowned French sculptor Auguste Rodin, the Rodin Museum (Musée Rodin) is one of the most popular and preeminent artistic attractions in all of Paris. The most famous and accomplished Modernist working in sculpture, creator of “The Thinker”, “The Kiss”, “The Age of Bronze” and “The Gates of Hell”, Rodin’s greatest works which transcend the medium and have become cultural touchstones are all on display in an exquisite garden setting right in the heart of the city.

Cast in bronze or chiseled out of marble, Rodin’s ability to capture the naturalistic human form and to create monumental works full of symbolism and meaning brought him great renown even during his own lifetime and that estimation has only continued to grow since his death in 1917. This collection of approximately 30,000 objects consisting of sculptures, drawings, paintings, photographs and ceramics as well as the artist’s archives and personal collection of other artist’s work was posthumously left to the French state by Rodin.

Hundreds of the works are housed in a historic 18th century manor known as the Hotel Biron that first served as the artist’s studio then opened as a museum in 1919. Surrounded by more than seven acres of manicured gardens, the grounds are enhanced with both selections of Rodin’s own work as well as classical statuary he collected.

Exhibited in the courtyard are several of the most significant colossal bronzes including “The Gates of Hell” and “The Thinker” himself. At almost seven-feet tall, lost in his thoughts, the sculpture celebrates poets and the act of artistic creation generally although it has evolved to become an icon of mental perseverance that speaks to all members of humanity no matter their trade.

Seek out “The Age of Bronze” inside, a male nude so lifelike that it was both considered obscene and accused of being a forgery when it was first unveiled, not truly sculpted by Rodin but merely a plaster cast from which a mold had been made. In the galleries dedicated to marble sculpture Rodin’s most romantic piece “The Kiss” can be found, a work that has moved millions with its pure representation of love.

Another gallery is dedicated to fifteen bronzes by Camille Claudel, Rodin’s student, lover and a gifted sculptor in her own right. Represented are important examples of her work including an onyx and marble carving of “The Gossips” as well as a version of her masterwork “Maturity” said to symbolize her troubled relationship with Rodin himself.

Rodin was an avid collector of the work of other artists and the museum displays a selection of his finest holdings.  Among the paintings look for Monet’s “Belle-Île”, Renoir’s “Nude in the Sunlight” and Van Gogh’s “Père Tanguy” all significant masterpieces by their respective auteurs.  The museum also curates temporary exhibitions of other artists in addition to solo shows highlighting specific aspects of Rodin’s work.

Finish your visit with a stroll around the enormous garden divided into several distinct zones.  Paths weave through stands of mature roses and groomed ornamentals leading to two themed sculpture gardens, the rocky and craggy “Garden of Orpheus” and the lush “Garden of Spring” featuring reflecting pools and fountains.

 

Visiting Hours:

Open daily except Mondays 10 a.m. to 5.45 p.m. (Last tickets sold at 5.15 p.m.).

Closed on January 1, May 1 and December 25.

 

Admission:

 10 € for an adult ticket providing access to the permanent collection and sculpture garden.

7 € for a non-EU student ticket providing access to the permanent collection and sculpture garden (18 to 25 years of age).

4 € for an adult ticket providing access to the sculpture garden only.

2 € for a non-EU student ticket providing access to the sculpture garden entry only (18 to 25 years of age).

Free for all EU students under 25 years of age.

Free for all under 18 years of age.

An additional fee of 4 € may apply for access to temporary exhibitions.

An additional processing fee of 1.30 € is charged for online ticket purchases.

 

Purchase Tickets Online

 

Rodin – “The Thinker” – 1902

Rodin – “The Kiss” – 1899

Rodin – “Gates of Hell” – 1880-1890

Rodin Museum – (Musée Rodin) – Paris

 

Official Museum Site

 

Rodin Museum

(Musée Rodin)

79, rue de Varenne

75007 Paris, France

(1) 44-18-61-10

 

 

 

 

 

Current Exhibitions:

Hell According to Rodin

October 18, 2016 through January 22, 2017

 

Upcoming Exhibitions:

Kiefer/Rodin

March 14, 2017 through October 31, 2017

 

Must See in the Permanent Collection:

  • “The Thinker” – 1902

  • “The Kiss” – 1899

  • “The Gates of Hell” – 1880 – 1890 (cast 1928)

  • “The Age of Bronze” – 1877

  • “The Burghers of Calais” – 1889



 

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