Auguste Rodin is generally recognized as the most important sculptor of the nineteenth century and the father of modern sculpture.
The exhibition will take place in St. Stae church which is an excellent example of Palladian architecture with the classical marble facade with a great number of significant paintings by different artists, included G.B. Tiepolo.
The Rodin exhibition will have its premiere in Venice before it is launched into an international context and it will include some of the most significant authentic plaster masterpieces.
The plaster was the material in which Rodin recorded his genius. Rodin modeled his sculptures first in clay, which disintegrates over time, recording important stages of the composition and finished form by making a negative mould (un moule bon creu) from the clay to cast a permanent mould in plaster. The plaster was always the starting point for further innovations in the composition and replication in bronze or stone.
The aim of this project was to collect examples of Rodins most significant works. Such examples include, among others, universally renewed figures as The Thinker, The Age of Bronze Eve and The Kiss.
There will also be the most important corresponding bronzes of twenty-five presented in their large and small dimensional versions and a smaller collection of photographs of these works documenting their history.
This exhibition may be the largest collection of original plasters and corresponding bronzes in the world - with the exception of Museum Rodin in Paris.
A book has been published by the Gruppo Mondiale Est about this collection and printed by Amilcare Pizzi with the contribution of private supporters. The photographic work is done by Mario Carrieri, considered the foremost photographer of sculptures.
The book documents the history of the plasters and the bronze casts derived from them to confirm the high quality, validity and importance of this Rodin collection.