July 16, 2012 |
Since Philadelphia's Rodin Museum opened in 1929, one small room at the back of the gallery has seen many a fresh coat of paint. When the museum shut its doors for renovations a year and a half ago, conservators took a paint chip from the wall and drilled down to the first layer to discover the room's original hue: Pompeian red. Now, the room is a rich volcanic color once more. "The redness of the room really brings out the fierceness of the figures, which is what I like about Rodin - the edginess," said Mike Stanaitis, a resident of Washington, visiting the renovated museum on its second day of operation Saturday.
July 13, 2012 |
THE PHILADELPHIA Mausoleum of Contemporary Art and local film website celebrate all things David Lynch on Friday. The director of TV's "Twin Peaks" and films such as "Blue Velvet" spent time in Philly as a student at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Lynch lived in the PhilaMOCA neighborhood, which some refer to as "Eraserhood" in honor of the director's iconic film "Eraserhead. " "Eraserhood Forever" celebrates the mausoleum's new Lynch-themed mural by artist Evan Cairo with Lynch-inspired art and performances, including a reading of essays by Juliet Hope Wayne, an art show featuring more than 40 pieces by local and national artists, and musical performances by rockabilly band Full Blown Cherry and solo electronica band Void Vision.
July 9, 2012 |
After more than three years of torn-up landscaping, yellow caution tape, billows of steam and dust, bike barricades, convoluted entrance routes, vanished sculptures, and, lately, a building shut as tight as a limestone crypt, the Rodin Museum on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway is about to emerge as something both familiar and utterly startling. This is no nip-and-tuck job, no simple face-lift. The Rodin and its surrounding gardens have been transported back in time to 1929, thanks to a $9.1 million reincarnation of the original vision of architect Paul Crét and landscape architect Jacques Gréber.
July 15, 2011 |
They were ordinary merchants in the French port of Calais when the English army laid siege in the 14th century, but they became national heroes when they offered themselves as human sacrifices to save their city. In the end, King Edward III was so moved by the gesture that he released the captives and spared the town. The Burghers of Calais, as immortalized in Auguste Rodin's heart-rending eponymous sculpture, were liberated a second time Thursday - fittingly, Bastille Day - when Philadelphia officials formally dedicated their new home in the refurbished Rodin Museum gardens.
November 26, 2010 |
Cement trucks, piles of soil, pipes and leafless shrubs are piled high behind construction gates and strategically placed signs that announce the new home of the Barnes Foundation on Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 21st Street. While the museum's move from Merion to Philadelphia has been highly publicized, fewer people know about a similar project taking place right next door, at the Rodin Museum. The Rodin Museum houses some of French sculptor Auguste Rodin's greatest works, and has been open on the Parkway since 1929.
June 7, 2010 |
Martha Erlebacher recalls the feedback her husband, sculptor Walter Erlebacher, heard in 1976 when his work, Jesus Breaking Bread, was unveiled outside the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. The piece looked all wrong, some people complained, because, "everybody knows Jesus had a beard. " Shroud of Turin believers aside, how anybody, let alone "everybody" could have imagined they were correct about the beard is a mystery, says Martha Erlebacher, a painter in her own right, speaking on behalf of her husband who died in 1991.
August 1, 2009 |
Smoothly as a cleansed thought, Auguste Rodin's best-known sculpture settled into a temporary setting yesterday morning - indoors, contemplative and subdued, in the Great Stair Hall of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. For the next few months, The Thinker will ponder whatever a half-ton of bronze ponders when whisked from its usual home amid the hurly-burly of the Parkway, in front of the Rodin Museum. Is it an unsettling move? Discombobulating? "It's temporary," said Lindsay Warner, a spokeswoman for the museum, who refers to the iconic sculpture as "the old boy. " In advance of major restoration work on the Rodin Museum's facade and steps, The Thinker was carefully hoisted from its perch in June and trundled over to the Art Museum mothership for routine cleaning and protective waxing by museum conservators.
November 24, 2004
LIKE ALL good artists and musicians, Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) poured his life experience into his work. The internationally acclaimed French sculptor, best known for "The Thinker," used the image of his life-long lover and companion Rose Beuret in the bust "Mignon" and in another piece, "Call to Arms. " But when Rodin wasn't utilizing Beuret's face, he sculpted the image of one of his "other" lovers, Camille Claudel, a fiery younger woman who went crazy. We love these steamy morsels and latch onto them because, frankly, we're clueless about other aspects of Rodin's life.
September 9, 2004 |
The Rodin Museum on the Parkway doesn't usually present special exhibitions, but periodically a good reason to do so presents itself. The museum's 75th anniversary this year has brought forth "Echoes," which opens tomorrow. The show of about 20 sculptures in bronze, marble and plaster serves two purposes: It illuminates Auguste Rodin's creative thinking while also calling attention to a project to revitalize the museum property between 21st and 22d Streets. First, the project.
July 15, 2002 |
Originally, the trouble with Bibi's nose was simply that it was broken. Or "brutalized," as sculptor Auguste Rodin described it in 1863 when Bibi, an odd-job man of some reknown in Paris, came to pose for him. But long after it was immortalized in bronze, long after Bibi himself was no more, the mauling of le nez continued. The first time Melissa Meighan saw Mask of the Man with the Broken Nose at the Rodin Museum, the face had a rich ebony patina. The nose, however, was a brassy gold.