Rachel Kneebone: Regarding Rodin

Rachel Kneebone: Regarding Rodin features fifteen iconic works by nineteenth-century French master Auguste Rodin, selected from the Museum's collection by British artist Rachel Kneebone and shown alongside eight of her own large-scale porcelain sculptures.

Art Exhibition previously on at Brooklyn Museum of Art in New York, United States.
From Friday 27 January 2012 to Sunday 12 August 2012

Still Life Triptych image The Descent  image Eyes that look close at wounds themselves are wounded image Blind convulsion image Blind convulsion image Cybele, large model (Cybèle, grand modèle) image Mine heart is turned within me image Monument to the Burghers of Calais, First Maquette (Monument des Bourgeois de Calais, première maquette), November 1884; cast circa 1967 image Pierre de Wissant, Monumental (Pierre de Wissant, monumental), 1887; cast 1979 image Still Life Triptych image The Descent (detail) image The Descent (detail)  image When I doubt I exist again image Youth Triumphant (La Jeunesse triomphante), 1896; cast date unknown (after 1898) image

Published by Brooklyn Museum on Sunday 08 January 2012.
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The exhibition, Kneebone’s first major museum presentation, will highlight the artists’ shared interest in the representation of mourning, ecstasy, death, and vitality in figurative sculpture. The pairing also offers a visual comparison of the two sculptors’ materials and processes. Kneebone’s intricately wrought artworks, simultaneously pristine and agitated, contain allusions to Michelangelo, Gianlorenzo Bernini, and Louise Bourgeois. Integrating recognizable human forms with odd mutations, they provide a stark contrast to Rodin’s dark, more-concrete, yet equally animated bronzes. Whereas Rodin cast his sculpture, Kneebone creates unique artworks that she fires in a small kiln in her studio, often in sections to be assembled later. The centerpiece of the exhibition, The Descent (2008), is Kneebone’s largest work to date. It was inspired by Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy, as was Rodin’s masterpiece The Gates of Hell (1880–1917). The London-based Kneebone was born in 1973 in Oxfordshire, England, and Rodin (1840–1917) was born in Paris.

Rachel Kneebone: Regarding Rodin is organized by Catherine Morris, Curator of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum.

This exhibition is made possible by the Elizabeth A. Sackler Foundation.