February 19 – May 15, 2022
Auguste Rodin saw the body as an envelope for the human spirit. The poses of his figures and the flickering surfaces of the modeled forms capture the human condition in all of its elation and anguish.
Rodin holds a prized place in the history of art, straddling the decades of the late 19th and early 20th centuries when the world was striving for a new, modern form of expression. In Rodin: Contemplation and Dreams, visitors can immerse themselves in the works of this artistic giant.
The title of this exhibition comes from Rodin himself, who said that artworks “open before us an enchanted land of contemplation and dreams.” Visitors will learn about his processes for modeling and casting as they explore more than 40 examples of the artist’s bronze sculptures.
This exhibition has been organized and made possible by the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation.
Book a Field Trip
All K-12 student tours of the Rodin and Agha exhibitions are offered FREE courtesy of Presenting Sponsor First Citizens Bank. So bring the whole class down to the museum!
Touch Tours provide an opportunity for visitors who are blind or have low vision to experience the diverse sculptural work in Rodin: Contemplation and Dreams. Explore the exhibition with a skilled museum educator trained to provide detailed verbal description of the work on view while experiencing a selection of objects through touch.
Touch Tours are available to visitors who are blind or partially sighted in groups of up to 10. These 90-minute tours take place on Mondays when the galleries are closed to the general public and require four weeks’ advance notice to schedule. Touch Tours of this exhibition are offered free courtesy of Presenting Sponsor First Citizens Bank. To book a tour call 803-343-2163 or email email@example.com.
Touch Tours of this exhibition are also supported by the South Carolina Arts Commission and Richland County Government.
Learn more about Rodin and his work from CMA Curator of Education Glenna Barlow with this gallery tour.
Dr. Suzan D. Boyd and Mr. M. Edward Sellers
Hannah and Ron Rogers
Myrtle T. Robinson
Suzanne and Robert Clawson; Pete and Vickie Neighbour
Jeffry C. Caswell and José Cotto; Mary and Clinch Belser; Becky and Earl Ellis; Tommy and Faye Hearon; Dr. Elizabeth Joiner & Dr. Buford Norman, Jr.; Dr. Carolyn Kressler-Greenberg and Dr. Stanley Greenberg; David and Jane Kulbersh; Mary and Lanneau Lide; ReNewell,Inc. Fine Art Conservation; William and Justine Roberts; Brenda and Rick Wheeler
Scot Hockman and Vic Cain; The Zvejnieks Foundation of South Carolina
Image at top: Auguste Rodin, French, 1840 – 1917. Heroic Bust of Victor Hugo, modeled 1890‐97 or 1901‐02; Musée Rodin cast 7/12, 1981. Bronze, 29 1/4 x 23 1/2 x 21 1/4 in.; Coubertin Foundry. Lent by Iris Cantor.