Rodin in Savannah
Starting on September 1st, Savannah’s Telfair Museums will host the exhibition “Rodin: The Human Experience.” The exhibit, which features 32 bronze statues from the private collection of Iris B. and Gerald Cantor, commemorates the 100-year anniversary of Rodin’s death, and pays tribute to this artist whose work forever changed the trajectory of modern sculpture.
The works testify to the artist’s passion for the body in all its forms. A master of the fragment, Rodin succeeded in rendering the vitality of the human physique through its individual parts. In his work, a hand or a torso takes on new significance, becoming every bit as expressive as a face. His ability to transform bronze into living flesh in order to convey the passion and power of the human figure is what made Rodin a touchstone for later generations of artist, including Matisse, Brancusi and Maillot.
The sculptures on display retrace the major periods of Rodin’s long career. Among the exhibit’s most notable pieces are a selection of figures from his masterpiece "Gates of Hell," and studies for his monument "The Burghers of Calais," as well as "Monumental Torso of the Walking Man" and "Dance Movement D," which speak to his interest in the body’s capacity for movement.
Telfair Museums, the oldest public art museum in the southeast, is situated in the heart of Savannah’s historic district. Its collections span three centuries of art, making it the ideal location for this homage to Rodin, an artistic rebel who began his studies with the techniques and conventions of classical sculpture but ultimately broke with tradition and evolved towards a completely modern esthetic.
The exposition will be on display from September 1, 2017 to January 7, 2018. For additional information, please visit the Telfair Museums’ website.