6abc Loves the Arts: Kiefer Rodin

Monday, December 11, 2017 12:44PM
6abc Loves the Arts. Karen Rogers reports during Action News at 7:30 a.m. on December 10, 2017.


It has been 100 years since the death of French sculptor, Auguste Rodin. To mark the anniversary, contemporary German artist Anselm Keifer created a whole new body of work inspired by the works of Rodin.

The exhibition is called Kiefer Rodin.

"It's not a comparison between the two artists. It is really how an artist today looks at an artist from the past," Sylvie Patry, Consulting Curator of the Barnes Foundation, said.

The Musée Rodin in Paris organized the exhibition coupling the works of Rodin, who died in 1917, with the works of Kiefer, born in 1945.

"This way of building bridges between different generations of artists, different cultures, was very much aligned with Barnes legacy," Patry said.

The project was inspired by a book Rodin wrote in 1914 called Cathedrals of France.
Kiefer, best known for his monumental paintings, was asked to revisit the book through the eyes of a contemporary artist.

The show opened at the Rodin Museum in Paris before traveling here and includes many works never before seen in the United States including a piece created specifically for the Barnes Foundation, a new painting by Kiefer titled A.R.A.K.

The Kiefer Rodin exhibition is part of a worldwide celebration of the centennial anniversary of Rodin's death.

Kiefer Rodin runs through March 12th. For tickets and show times go to the ArtsinPhilly.org.
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