Rodin and dance

October 25th, 2023 – March 10th, 2024

The exhibition is made possible thanks to the collaboration with Musée Rodin in Paris, from which are coming 53 pieces. Through an unprecedented and original project, it describes the fascination and strong creative imprinting that dance had on the artistic genius of Auguste Rodin. A virtuous circle where dance was an inspirational muse for the artist in the early 20th century, and where in turn contemporary dance still finds inspiration from the artist through his ‘dancing’ works, which are unique and so topical.

Thanks to the valuable collaboration with Musée Rodin, Mudec is exhibiting for the first time in Italy a series of fifteen statuettes of dancers dedicated by the French artist to ‘Dance Movements’. As a matter of fact, fourteen of them are coming from the Parisian Museum, and on this occasion the group will be joined by a fifteenth statuette, which is preserved in Rome at GNAM, the Italian National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art.

The exhibition also becomes an opportunity to take an extraordinary journey into the world of dance through a video selection referring to contemporary choreography and choreographers, who were inspired by Rodin for their performances. The continuous dialogue between Rodin’s sculptures and the multimedia and digital system, together with the immersive installation, create a constant play of visual and symbolic cross-references.

The three sections of the exhibition are the result of a complex and painstaking work, and are curated respectively by Aude Chevalier, Assistant Curator of the sculpture department at Musée Rodin, Cristiana Natali, Professor of South Asian Anthropology, Anthropology of Dance and Ethnographic Research Methodologies at the University of Bologna, and Elena Cervellati, Associate Professor of History of Dance and Dance Theories and Practices at the Department of Arts of the University of Bologna.

0254917 (mon-fri 9.00-18.00)

October 25th, 2023 – March 10th, 2024
Monday 14.30 – 19.30
Tuesday – Wednesday – Friday – Sunday 9.30 – 19.30
Thursday – Saturday 9.30 – 22.30

Mudec – Museo delle Culture
via Tortona 56, Milan

Auguste Rodin
Femme accroupie, petit modèle
32 x 29,2 x 21,3 cm
Musée Rodin – Paris
© musée Rodin – photo Christian Baraja

Auguste Rodin
Danseuse cambodgienne de profil vers la gauche
Papier vélin crayon graphite aquarelle ok crayon gras rehaut
29,9 x 207 cm
Musée Rodin – Paris
© musée Rodin – photo Jean de Calan


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