Enter the studio of the father of modern sculpture - that’s the experience offered by the Tate Modern in one of the most highly-anticipated events of the season. How were Rodin’s bronze and marble sculptures created? At the start, there is almost always a plaster cast, moulded with matchless mastery to capture light, volume and dynamic. The exhibition at the Tate focuses its attention on the extraordinary sculptures that Rodin was able to create with this versatile and malleable material. More than 200 works from the Musée Rodin in Paris - many of which have never been displayed before outside of France - lead us in discovering the creative process of the master. The exhibition has the feel of an atelier - casts of every dimension show how the artist experimented with fragmentation, repetition and unconventional ways of assembling his pieces, such as with the celebrated sculptural group of The Burghers of Calais, represented in the exhibition by a freshly restored plaster work. The itinerary also dedicates considerable space to those who observed the sculptor’s process up close - models and collaborators such as Camille Claudel, the Japanese actress Otha Hisa and the German writer and pianist Helene Von Nostitz. There is also a look at the audacious innovations with which Rodin broke the rules of classical sculpture, giving life to an image of the human body which mirrors the complexity, rifts and the uncertainties typical of the modern age.
Poussin and Dance. An Outright Celebration at the National Gallery
The French painter as you’ve never seen him before - works on loan from around the world reveal the emotional and Dionysian side of the artist, with influences from classical art and inspirations from the Italian Renaissance.