The Thinker, large model, 1903 - Colour gesso, 182 x 108 x 141 cm, S. 161 - The Musée Rodin, Paris - Photo: Kristian Baraja

The Thinker, large model, 1903 – Colour gesso, 182 x 108 x 141 cm, S. 161 – The Musée Rodin, Paris -
Photo: Kristian Baraja


30 May – 15 September 2014 – The National Museum of Bulgarian Arts

The Metamorphoses Exhibition presents 80 sculptures by Auguste Rodin and 20 drawings of his from the collection of the Musée Rodin in Paris, displayed in Bulgaria for the first time. This project, initiated by Catherine Chevillot, Director of the Musée Rodin, 18 months ago, includes some of the most well-known and highly valued works of the “father of modern sculpture” as well as some relatively rare works, which have never been exhibited in front of the general public.

Sleep Drops or a Young Mother Kissing Her Child - Graphite crayon and water colour on paper, 25 x 32,5 cm, D.4805 - The Musée Rodin, Paris - Photo: Jean de Calan

Sleep Drops or a Young Mother Kissing Her Child – Graphite crayon and water colour on paper, 25 x 32,5 cm, D.4805 – The Musée Rodin, Paris – Photo: Jean de Calan

Divided in six separate sections, the exhibition allows us to cover Rodin’s overall work. The visitors will be able to see figures from “The Gates of Hell”, “Fragmentation of the Figures”, “Assemblages” and “Enlargements” – some key techniques in the artist’s approach. The role of the pedestal is also shown as a means of glorifying some of the sculptures; there are also drawings, which had a central role in Rodin’s creative process.

The National Museum of Bulgarian Arts