Dozens of new portraits on display at Philly’s Rodin Museum [photos]


One of the country’s largest collections of art by French sculptor Auguste Rodin is located right here in Philadelphia at the Rodin Museum.

There you’ll find such iconic pieces as “The Thinker,” “The Kiss,” and “The Burghers of Calais.”

The museum closed last month to create a new installation that includes three dozen pieces that haven’t been publicly displayed in years.

Rodin Museum curator Jennifer Thompson tells WHYY this new display focuses on portraits made by Rodin from the 1860s through the turn of the century.

“In the arrangement of the portraits at the Rodin Museum we’re looking for a sense of variety and also a sense of seeing the artist grow,” Thompson said.

“Some of the much more finished pieces which you find earlier in his career are contrasted by the later works which have a much more uneven and exaggerated appearance.”

The new exhibit opens to the public on Saturday.

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