The Metropolitan Museum of Art holds a special exhibit to honor the centenary of the French sculptor's death. Elly Park reports.
Auguste Rodin, the master sculptor famous for conveying human emotion and psyche through marble and bronze, passed away 100 years ago. And to celebrate the milestone year the Metropolitan Museum in New York is hosting a special exhibit showcasing almost 50 works by the French artist. Met curator Denise Allen. SOUNDBITE: DENISE ALLEN, MET'S CURATOR IN THE DEPARTMENT OF EUROPEAN SCULPTURE AND DECORATIVE ART, SAYING (English) "The idea for this exhibition was to show Rodin sculptures in this long gallery which is one of the main arteries in the museum, in a way that allows people to truly embrace the sculptures and be with his achievements." Famous works such as the "Hand of God" have been moved around allowing viewers to completely walk around piece, getting a complete view of his vision. Others are more prominently featured, such as this piece titled "the Age of Bronze." (SOUNDBITE) (English) DENISE ALLEN, MET'S CURATOR IN THE DEPARTMENT OF EUROPEAN SCULPTURE AND DECORATIVE ART, SAYING: "This is a person awakening but we don't know, is he awakening to joy or is he awakening to pain. And this beautiful ambiguity, this ability to see the humanity within each and every figure is I think his great contribution." Works that have not been on display are brought out for the occasion, juxtaposed against paintings by Rodin's contemporaries to create dialogue. Visitors thinking about viewing the exhibit have time until January 15.