The Sakıp Sabancı Museum in Istanbul is presenting a major Auguste Rodin retrospective from 12 June – 3 September 2006.

As the first exhibition dedicated to the great French sculptor in Turkey, it covers the full range of Rodin’s artistic endeavours through a carefully selected, balanced and representative cross-section drawn from the outstanding collections of the Musée Rodin in Paris. The works are contextualized with exhibits documenting his personal relationships and his passion for collecting antiquities, as well as many photographs that show his working process.

The exhibition is divided into two major sections:

The first is a chronological sweep of Rodin’s career, including some of his well known works: Among these is Gates of Hell, and numerous examples of his monuments and portraits, such as the Portrait of Victor Hugo, and those leading up to the famous Burghers of Calais.

The second section explores Rodin’s art in light of three main themes: construction, deconstruction, and transformation. Here, the juxtaposition of sculptures, drawings, and photographs provide a glimpse into Rodin’s universality and the systematic nature of his explorations.

A scholarly catalogue accompanies the exhibition. In addition, conference series, film screenings, workshops, and gallery talks have been programmed along with an active education programme.

For further information, please see document attached or go to http://muze.sabanciuniv.edu/english/