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Rodin Century Exposition in the Grand Palais

Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) is considered the father of modern sculpture.

On the occasion of the centenary of his death, the Grand Palais presents an exhibition of his greatest masterpieces (Le Penseur, Le Baiser, Bourgeois de Calais ...). The journey traces the dreams and glories of this poet of passion, undisputed master and sacred monster. Between scandals and blows of brilliance, it revolutionizes the artistic creation before Braque, Picasso or Matisse, and makes it forever rock in modernity. Finally, the exhibition retraces its extraordinary posterity to generations of artists, from Carpeaux to Richier, including Bourdelle, Claudel, Brancusi and Picasso, thus giving an insight and understanding of the power of his genius.

Exhibition organized by the Réunion des musées nationaux - Grand Palais and the Musée Rodin, Paris

The exhibition is supported by Aurel BGC and MAIF, patrons of the Rmn-Grand Palais and Barclays.

At school, Rodin is a bad student, not to say mediocre. He does not master spelling or syntax and is reluctant to speak. His means of expression of predilection are already the earth and the pencil.
 In spite of this asset, Rodin fails three times in the entrance examination of the school of Fine Arts, depriving him of the prestigious prize of Rome, the sesame of the artists. He then does not have a penny and everything to accomplish. The years he spent working as an artist formed him for the rest of his life.

Fortunately, Rodin enjoys the support of his parents in choosing to become an artist. Born in Paris in 1840 in a sibling of five children, his parents surround him and his father will even say to him: "If you want to be an artist, then be the best."

Rodin owes him his first work: the bust of his father, Jean-Baptiste Rodin, realized in 1860.

22 March 2017 - 31 July 2017

Every day from 10 am to 8 pm

Nocturne on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 am to 10 pm


Closed on Tuesdays
 Early closing at 6pm on March 23rd, 24th, 27th, 29th, 30th and 31st

Closed on Monday 1 May and Friday 14 July


The exhibition takes part in the European Night of Museums on 20 May: free entry from 20:00 to midnight


Last access to the exhibition: 45 min before closing time

Closed rooms: from 15 min before closing