Auguste Rodin, Nude Seen From Behind, Arms Raised, n.d.
© Musée Rodin, Photo: Jean de Calan, D4559

This exhibition takes you to the very core of the work of French sculptor Auguste Rodin: his drawings. Drawings allowed Rodin to explore the human form freely and spontaneously before expressing what he saw and learned in clay and stone.

"It is very simple. My drawings are the key to my work."

The French artist Auguste Rodin (1840–1917) is one of the greatest masters in art history. He is best known for his dramatic, pathos-filled sculptures, which he created from the mid-nineteenth century onwards – works that revolutionised the art of sculpture. But Rodin was also a draughtsman. In fact he produced more than 10,000 drawings, and they occupy a key position in the evolution and method of his art.

The drawings enabled him to experiment more freely and spontaneously with the human form than the large, three-dimensional sculptures allowed. He transferred the lessons learned through these drawings to his work with clay and stone. Hence we can say, as Rodin himself did, that his drawings are the key to his art.

The exhibition, which is created in collaboration with Musée Rodin in paris, addresses the forces and impulses at play in these drawings, and looks at the things that make Rodin’s depictions of the human form so groundbreaking.

Practical information

Exhibition period
22 September 2016 – 15 January 2017

Opening hours
Tuesdays – Sundays 11–17
Wednesdays 11–20
Mondays closed

Admission fee
Adults: DKK 110
Under 30: DKK 85
Under 18: Free
1 adult + 1 child: DKK 90
Annual pass holders: Free

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© Auguste Rodin, Female Nude in Profile, Her Hair Loose, n.d., Musée Rodin, Paris / D. 5014

© Auguste Rodin, Two Figures, c. 1905, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of Mrs John W. Simpson, 1942 / 1942.5.37


Auguste Rodin, Naked Woman in her Garments, C. 1890, Musée Rodin, Paris, D. 4358 


Rodin’s drawings are not sketches for sculptures, but works in their own right. Rodin wanted his art to capture and express life itself: the emotions, desires and fundamental energy that he believed flowed through humankind and nature alike.

The exhibition presents five themes that illustrate Rodin’s drawing practice: ‘Black Drawings’, ‘Time and Space’, ‘Woman as Vase’, ‘Dance’ and ‘Desire’. Each theme shows how the forces of life are expressed in the drawings in various ways.

About the artist

Rodin is often credited with having revolutionised sculpture, but he was also a prolific and experimental draughtsman. Instead of placing his models in static poses he encouraged them to move around freely in his studio. Keeping his eyes fixed on the model and never looking down at the paper, Rodin captured every movement with rapidly executed pencil sketches

Read more about the artist who wanted to capture life itself in his art.

Edward Steichen, Auguste Rodin, 1911
Brooklyn Museum. Gift from Arnold and Pamela Lehman, 2003

Thank you for the support

The exhibition is realized in collaboration with Musée Rodin


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