Rodin & his contemporaries
Discover an exclusive and compelling free exhibition at our Centre this summer!
An exhibition of iconic bronze sculptures from the 19th and 20th centuries to mark the centenary of Rodin’s death organised by McArthurGlen will be held in our Centre from July 7th to September 9th. The opportunity to combine art and culture while enjoying a day of shopping among more than 100 brands in the heart of Provence.
As one of the forefathers of modern sculpture, Auguste Rodin inspired and paved the way for generations of artists. In celebration of his extraordinary innovation and to mark the centenary year of his death, we are proud to present ‘Rodin and his contemporaries’, an exhibition of 22 rare and iconic bronzes from the 19th and 20th centuries.
Set in McArthurGlen’s newly-opened designer outlet, and the first and only designer outlet in the South of France, the exhibition will be open to visitors from 7th July to 9th September 2017. Entry is free and there will be free educational activities for children.
Curated by Edward Horswell, a leading authority on sculptures from the period, the exhibition is designed not only to capture Rodin’s energy, drama and emotion, but also to offer an insight into his influence on the work of his contemporaries and followers.
The show will feature eight rare and fine quality Rodin bronzes - including original castings of his most successful work, ‘The Burghers of Calais’, his full-length study of Balzac and his portrait of Victor Hugo.
A further 14 iconic bronze sculptures will be on display from Rodin’s most celebrated contemporaries and followers, including: Aristide Maillol, Joseph Bernard, Emile-Antoine Bourdelle, Joseph Csaky and Francois Pompon.
Edward Horswell says: “Rodin was instrumental to the way that monumental sculpture is conceived and perceived today, the seemingly informal style of his work enabling a more direct dialogue with the public, inviting emotion and interaction. What links every single one of the pieces in McArthurGlen’s exhibition is that they were all designed to be cast in monumental size for public display and their larger versions have engaged and delighted millions in their various locations around the world. This is a chance to get up close and personal with some of the most iconic European sculptures of the last two centuries.”
Some of the most famous artists in European sculpture worked in Provence including Bourdelle, Maillol, Wlérick and Bernard, all of whom will have famous works on show in the new McArthurGlen exhibition. Rodin, the most famous of all, enjoyed spending time with his friend Renoir in Provence and also worked in Marseille.
All these sculptures will be exhibited in a gallery on our Center, where specialists will be able to guide you and tell you the history of each sculpture. Alone, in couple or with family, you can fully enjoy this unique experience combining art, culture and shopping with our restaurants and our many stores.