A new exhibition that explores Auguste Rodin’s relationship to dance, is currently in view at Paris’ Rodin Museum. It features 50 works from his famous series of “Dance Movements” which was never exposed during the sculptor’s lifetime. It brings together sculptures, photographs, drawings and antiques, plunging the visitor into a world of grace and poetry.
From the 1890s onward, the art of dance was transformed, with new experiences revolutionizing what was sometimes an urbane and codified form of entertainment. Rodin’s keen interest in these innovations led him to meet such exceptional figures as Hanako and Loïe Fuller. Reportedly, after his encounter with the Cambodian royal ballet dancers during their visit at the World’s Fair, he said “they took the beauty of the world with them.”
Inspired by his complicity with the shapers of this revolution, Rodin associated dance and sculpture, both of which explore the possibilities of the human body. He turned his attention to all forms of dance: regional and oriental folk dances, cabaret performances, outstanding contemporary dancers, and dance as it was practiced in Antiquity, a passion he shared with Isadora Duncan.
The exhibition runs through July 22, 2018.