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"Rodin Plaster & Bronzes"
2000-06-04 until 2000-11-08
Palazzo delle Prigioni Nuove - Auguste Rodin Foundation
Venice, , IT Italy

At Palazzo delle Prigioni Nuove there will be the opening of the exhibition of Auguste Rodin, who is generally recognized as the father of modern sculpture and the most important sculptor of the XIX century. The Rodin exhibition will take place in the historical rooms of the Palazzo delle Prigioni Nuove, which was built by the architect Antonio da Ponte who continued the works in 1589, after Giovanni Antonio Rusconi started them in 1563, and they were completed by Antonio and Tommaso Contino around 1614.

The exhibition, organized by Arte Communications, will exhibit Rodin's most significant works in plaster, in which Rodin best expressed his genius. Rodin modeled his sculptures first in clay, which disintegrates over time, making then a negative mould from the clay to cast a permanent mould in plaster. The plaster was always the starting point for further innovations in the composition and reproduction in bronze or stone.

The aim of this project is to collect examples of Rodin's most significant works. Such examples include, among others, universally renewed figures such as The Thinker, The Age of Bronze, Eve, The Kiss and Balzac.

There will also be about 40 of the most important works by the artist in bronze, most of them in both large and small versions, together with a smaller collection of photographs of these works documenting their history.

This exhibition is the largest collection of original plasters and corresponding bronzes in the world - with the exception of the Museum Rodin in Paris.

A book has been published by Gruppo Mondiale Est featuring the exhibition items and printed by Amilcare Pizzi with the contribution of private supporters. The photographic work was made by Mario Carrieri, considered the foremost photographer of sculptures. The book shows the history of the plasters and the bronze casts derived from them and confirms the high quality, validity and importance of this Rodin collection.


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