Musée d'Orsay: Leaving Rodin behind? Sculpture in Paris, 1905-1914

Leaving Rodin behind? Sculpture in Paris, 1905-1914


Wilhelm LehmbruckGrande figure debout© Museum Wilhem Lehmbruck / Photo Fondation MAPFRE, Christian Baraja
As the 20th century dawned, Rodin reigned supreme in the world of sculpture. In France and elsewhere, new generations were seeking to free themselves from his influence.
This exhibition, featuring creative artists from all over Europe, will show how experiments into anti-Rodin volumes were appearing in the work of classical artists — Maillol, Bernard, Lehmbruck — as well as in the work of avant-garde sculptors — Duchamp-Villon, Archipenko, Brancusi.
Rejecting excesses of expression, a whole generation was obsessed with seeking out a feeling for form and line, as these new and original confrontations reveal.

Commissioning curator

Catherine Chevillot, chief curator at the Musée d'Orsay


Laure de Margerie, archivist, Musée d'Orsay
Prof. Dr Christoph Brockhaus, director, Stiftung Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum
Dr Katharina Lepper, curator, Stiftung Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum

Exhibition organised by the Musée d'Orsay, the Réunion des Musées Nationaux and the Fundación cultural Mapfre, Madrid, with the special collaboration of the Stiftung Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg
It is part of the North Rhine-Westphalia Artention cultural season 2008/2009, and is supported by the state of North Rhine-Westphalia

The exhibition will also be presented in Madrid, at the Fundación cultural Mapfre, from 23 June to 4 October 2009

Stiftung Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum, Duisbourg
10 March - 31 May 2009
Musée d'Orsay

Rooms 67, 68, 69 and Lille Terrace

Admission with the museum ticket

With the support of
Stiftung Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum, Duisbourg

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