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Rodin in the US: Confronting the Modern

Rodin in the US: Confronting the Modern

Published on October 13, 2022
Through September 18, 2022, the Clark Art Institute presents Rodin in the United States: Confronting the Modern. The exhibition explores the French sculptor’s influence and reputation in the US, from 1893 to the present day, and tells the story of the collectors, critics, art dealers, and art historians who contributed to his international recognition.

Rodin’s unusual artistic background led him to become one of the most innovative and influential sculptors of the late 19th and early 20th century. Although his art was appreciated in Europe relatively early in his career, only at the very end of the 19th century was his work presented and appreciated in the US.

This exhibition explores the evolution of his artwork’s perception overseas, starting from the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s acquisition in 1893 of the Bust of Jean Baptist and the subsequent controversial presentation of three of Rodin’s marble sculptures, which many viewed as too erotic, at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago.

Multiple women––as art collectors, critics, and agents––played a major role in his growing recognition. Art collector Katherine Seney Simpson formed a strong bond with Rodin and assembled in a few years’ time an impressive collection of his works. Famous dancer and choreographer Loïe Fuller, also a close friend of Rodin’s, became his agent in the US, serving as an intermediary between the artist and American art collectors and museums.

The Clark Art Institute
225 South Street
Williamstown , US 01267

June 18, 2022 - September 18, 2022