A day in Paris by Esprit de France #4

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Paris is honouring Rodin

A hundred years after his death, Rodin is celebrated by an outstanding exhibition at the Grand Palais. This is not a retrospective, since a museum in his name keeps his life and career alive a few hundred meters away, on the left bank. It can rather be considered as a new focus on his work in order to enrich the understanding of it.

Since his death in 1917 at the end of the First World War, he has fascinated every generation: the public, of course, but also the artists who have appropriated his creative universe, his ways and aesthetics, to be inspired by him or take the opposite view. The present generations are sensitive to the life and the somewhat dramatic expression that twist his figures. Thus, the Grand Palais today highlights the expressionist dimension of his sculptures and the experimental dimension of his approach to compare them with the sculptures of Germaine Richier, César, Dodeigne and Giacometti or even more recent ones by Willem De Kooning, Markus Lüpertz and Georg Baselitz, Barry Flanagan and Antony Gormley. His watercolors and drawings evoking naked bodies twisted by dance or passion are, for their part, counterpoised by others made by the Viennese Gustav Klimt and Egon Shiele, by Matisse and Picasso and even by Joseph Beuys. This is an exhibition that covers the 20th century and shows, without any hesitation, that this giant figure of sculpture is far from belonging to a bygone past.

At the same time, at the Musée Rodin in the Rue de Varenne, another confrontation is incited: that of the great German sculptor Anselm Kiefer who has been invited to a dialogue with Rodin. For this reason, Kiefer has immersed himself in the work of his senior and has carried out a long reflection leading him to question the work Rodin dedicated to the cathedrals of France, as well as Rodin’s molds used for the production of plaster elements to be subsequently assembled in various shapes. The notions of matrix, imprint, metamorphosis are at the heart of the work of the German artist. We like the great books of watercolors that he achieved where evanescent feminine forms emerge and disappear as if caught by a wave, as well as his showcases in which he has staged both art and the flow of life in a sort of continuous cycle. And we advise you to take the time to go round the garden of the magnificent Hôtel Biron, a jewel of the French heritage, which houses the museum: it is adorned by statues of Rodin, such as his famous Thinker, and also offers a pleasant break in the verdant café.