Anselm Kiefer. Auguste Rodin les Cathédrales de France (Auguste Rodin The Cathedrals of France), 2016. 330 x 380 cm. Oil, acrylic, emulsion, shellac and lead on canvas. Private collection. Photo by Georges Poncet. © Anselm Kiefer
In collaboration with the Musée Rodin in Paris, the Barnes Foundation presents Kiefer Rodin. Echoing Albert Barnes’s belief in artistic expression as an endless conversation between works of different times and places, this exhibition gathers new works by renowned contemporary artist Anselm Kiefer, created in response to sculptures and drawings by Auguste Rodin. Both Rodin (1840–1917) and Kiefer (b. 1945) establish an analogy between architecture—specifically gothic cathedrals—and the human body in their work. Rooted in experimentation and the manipulation of unexpected materials, Kiefer and Rodin’s artistic processes convey a poignant vision of humanity’s spiritual dilemma and our relation to history.
The exhibition includes over 100 works, including several of Kiefer’s large-scale illustrated books made in homage to Rodin from materials like plaster; large paintings; and vitrines filled with assorted objects including molds, dried plants, stones, and pieces of fabric; as well as sculptures and drawings by Rodin, some displayed in the U.S. for the first time. The contrast of Rodin’s work with Kiefer’s emphasizes Rodin’s modernity and his proximity to contemporary practice. The exhibition begins at the Musée Rodin in Paris (March 14–October 22, 2017) before traveling to the Barnes in time to mark the 100th anniversary of Rodin’s death.
Musée Rodin: Véronique Mattiussi, curator; Sophie Biass-Fabiani and Hélène Marraud, co-curators
The Barnes Foundation: Sylvie Patry, deputy director for collections & exhibitions and Gund Family Chief Curator
This exhibition is sponsored by
Additional support for the exhibition comes from N. Judith Broudy; the Marina Kellen French Foundation; Jane and Leonard Korman; and Hilarie and Mitchell Morgan.
The exhibition catalogue is made possible with support from the Gagosian Gallery.
With generous annual support from contributors to the Barnes Foundation Exhibition Fund:
John Alchin and Hal Marryatt
Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz
Lois and Julian Brodsky
Laura and Bill Buck
Joan Carter and John Aglialoro
Dan and Monica DiLella
Eugene and Michelle Dubay
Lisa D. Kabnick and John H. McFadden
Marguerite and Gerry Lenfest
Victoria McNeil Le Vine
Leigh and John Middleton
Leslie Miller and Richard Worley Foundation
Jeanette and Joe Neubauer
Kay and Michael Park
Aileen and Brian Roberts
Adele and Harold Schaeffer
Katie and Tony Schaeffer
van Beuren Charitable Foundation
Ruth W. and A. Morris Williams, Jr.
Additional support from the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation and the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Exhibition Fund.