Rodin Museum in Philly closing to create new installation

The Rodin Museum in Philadelphia is temporarily shutting its doors to create a new installation of the artist’s work.

The building will close Thursday. When it reopens Feb. 7, visitors will be able to see about three dozen pieces that haven’t been publicly displayed in years.

The new installation will spotlight Auguste Rodin’s work in portraiture, including busts of author Victor Hugo, composer Gustav Mahler and newspaper mogul Joseph Pulitzer.

Philadelphia has one of the nation’s largest collections of art by the French sculptor. The museum was founded by local movie theater magnate Jules Mastbaum and opened in 1929.

It closed for three years beginning in 2009 to undergo a massive renovation. The installation on view since then has focused on Rodin’s masterpiece called “The Gates of Hell.”

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