Rodin Museum Closing to Make Room for New Exhibition

Photo from Wikipedia Commons

Photo from Wikipedia Commons

If you’ve been itching for a visit with The Thinker, you better hurry. Philly’s Rodin Museum will close up for a month, starting this Thursday, January 7th, to undergo renovations on a new exhibit that focuses on Rodin’s achievements as a portraitist.

According to a press release, “The new presentation will showcase the sculptor’s most iconic portraits as well as exceptional works that have not been on view for several years. It will bring together a group of works that embody the artist’s realist spirit, offering a broader understanding of his contribution to the formation of modern art.”

Among the new pieces that will be on display will be busts of Pope Benedict XV, composer Gustav Mahler, and one of Madame Vicuña, which made waves when it was displayed at the Salon of 1888.

“These works will be highlighted within a broader narrative of Rodin’s life, his career, and the culture of late nineteenth and early-twentieth century Paris,” says the release. On the more personal side, the Museum will roll out works modeled after his long-time companion and eventual wife Rose Beuret, as well as his lover Camille Claudel.

The Museum will re-open on Saturday, February 7th.