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Rodin: Evolution of a Genius

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Organized by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the Musée Rodin in Paris, this exhibition will feature nearly 200 works by the greatest sculptor of the 19th and early 20th centuries: Auguste Rodin. Revealing the evolving output of this genius of sculpture, the exhibition examines his techniques, materials, models and assistants, and explores the extraordinary working process behind some of his best known works.

Auguste Rodin completely revitalized the very language of sculpture with his passion for the creative act. Fragile plasters as well as patinated bronzes, marble figures, astonishing ceramics and never-before-exhibited photographs all attest to this creative intensity, with much of the work presented in North America for the first time.


Rodin: Evolution of a Genius is organized by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in collaboration with the Musée Rodin, Paris. Rodin is organized for VMFA by Dr. Mitchell Merling, Paul Mellon Curator and Head of European Art. The exhibition catalogue, with contributions on Rodin’s process by leading scholars, will be published by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.





Presented by:


The Lettie Pate Whitehead Evans Exhibition Endowment

The Julia and Tunnicliff Fox Foundation

Lilli and William Beyer

Norfolk Southern Corporation

Northern Trust Company

The Rock Foundation


The Banner Exhibition Program at VMFA is supported by the Julia Louise Reynolds Fund.

Free for VMFA members, children 6 and under, and active-duty military personnel and their immediate families.

$15 for adults

$12 for seniors 65+

$12 for adult groups of 10 or more (click here for tickets)

$10 for student – college

$10 for youth (7 – 17) and students with school ID

Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 804.340.1405.

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RTD-Rodin-ReviewRodin exhibit at VMFA will offer a look into the world of a master

“Even if you went to Paris, you wouldn’t see this work displayed like this. This is really a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”– Mitchell Merling, head of the Department of European Art

Read Richmond Times Dispatch Article

WashPost-Rodin-ReviewIn Virginia, a Rodin show changes how we see the sculptor.

“even those who fancy themselves well versed in Rodin’s vision will probably find much to surprise and delight them in this extensive show.” – Philip Kennicott Art and architecture critic

Read the Washington Post Article


Style-Rodin-ReviewVMFA’s Rodin Exhibition is One of the Museum’s Crowning Achievements

“If you don’t do another thing over the holidays make a beeline to the Boulevard for “Rodin: Evolution of a Genius.” ” – Edwin Slipek

Read the Style Weekly Article



Exploring Rodin: The Artist’s Creative and Technical Process

The Rodin exhibit at the VMFA offers visitors a chance to see some famous pieces, including “The Thinker” and “The Kiss.” Through objects that have never before traveled to North America, it also sheds light on the artist’s process and the techniques that made him a pioneer in modern sculpture. Listen or Read the Article


Sculptor in Residence

November 20, 2015 – March 13, 2016 (except for Christmas and New Year’s Day)
Sundays: 11 a.m. – 1p.m.
Wednesdays: 10 a.m. – noon
Fridays: 5 – 7 p.m.

This program will feature contemporary sculptors who will demonstrate and discuss their creative processes as they create sculptures on the Sculptor Cart, a moveable demo cart in VMFA’s Atrium. The Sculptor Cart will also feature examples of sculpting tools—and touchable samples of marble, bronze, and plaster, the three main materials used by Rodin in his studio.

Nov 20 & 21   Rick Delano

Nov 22-Dec 4  Julie Elkins

Dec 6-Dec 18  Eva Rocha

Dec 23  Kate Horne

Dec 27 & 30; Jan 29  Rick Delano

Jan 3-15  Freddie Trebby

Jan 17 & 22(cancelled) ; 24(cancelled)  Lindsay Parnell

Jan 20 & 27   Freddie Trebby

Jan 31-Feb 5  Debbie Quick

Feb 7-Feb 12  Rick Delano

Feb 14-Feb 26  Chris White

Feb 28-Mar 4, 6, & 9   Debbie Quick

Mar 11 & 13   Kate Home