Saturday, January 28, 2023 to Sunday, April 23, 2023
Free with Garden Admission
Brookgreen Gardens will display RODIN: CONTEMPLATION AND DREAMS – Selections from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Collections from January 28 through April 23, 2023, in Brookgreen’s Rosen Galleries. Featuring 46 works by French sculptor Auguste Rodin, celebrated as the greatest sculptor of the 20th century, this exhibition brings world renowned sculptures to America’s first sculpture garden.
“We are thrilled to display works from such a celebrated and talented sculptor,” says Page Kiniry, president of Brookgreen Gardens. “Bringing the works of one of art history’s most influential great masters to South Carolina's coast furthers our mission to display the finest sculptures and will offer visitors an exclusive chance to experience Rodin’s bronzes in an esteemed sculpture garden.”
RODIN: CONTEMPLATION AND DREAMS – Selections from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Collections is made up of 46 works from the prestigious Cantor Collections, including nine life-size statues, portraits, full figures, torsos, fragments, and reliefs. Some of Rodin’s best-known sculptures are represented such as Balzac, figures from The Burghers of Calais, and maquettes from The Gates of Hell. The title of this exhibition comes from Rodin himself, who said that artwork, “…opens before us an enchanted land of contemplation and dreams.”
Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) was a pivotal figure and is to this day celebrated as the greatest sculptor of the 20th century. His work represents a crucial transition to the modernism of the 20th century, which influenced many sculptors in Europe and America. His sculpture, The Thinker, is one of the most recognized works in sculpture. Rodin created many iconic works that altered the way traditional sculpture was perceived and set the stage for many modern sculptors to come.
This exhibition has been organized and made possible by the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation. Presenting sponsors, Laura and Winston Hoy and Jeanne and Joe Mize.