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"Rodin: All about Eve"
2006-09-23 until 2006-11-19
Kettle's Yard Gallery, University of Cambridge
UK United Kingdom
This is an exhibition about one sculpture by Rodin. Made in 1881, Eve was conceived as one of a pair, with Adam, to flank The Gates of Hell. It was set aside when the models pregnancy brought sittings to an end, and remained unexhibited until the Salon of 1899. There it was shown simply standing on the floor. One reviewer wrote: M. Rodin is an unyielding revolutionary . . . This suppression of the pedestal will count as a most dangerous innovation for some, as a most daring one for others. Delayed in its exhibition, perhaps the full implications of this revolutionary gesture were not fully realised until the 1960s.
The exhibition will include two bronze casts of the full-sized sculpture and one of a reduced version, each shown in a different space. The origins of Eves pose, burying her head into her arms, wrapped around her chest, can be traced to Rodins passionate study of Michelangelo. Alongside the sculptures will be three sets of photographs taken during Rodins lifetime by Théodore Druet, Stephen Haweis and Henry Coles, and Jacques-Ernest Bulloz, and newly commissioned photographs of the sculpture.
The exhibition coincides with the Royal Academys major Rodin exhibition and, in Cambridge, with the installation of Phillip Kings, Span of 1967, the first of a scheme to present RA Diploma works on the Universitys Sidgwick site.
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