Inside the MFAH Friday Afternoon Lecture: "Auguste Rodin: Father of Modern Sculpture"
In fall 2014, two sculptures by Auguste Rodin (1840–1917) quietly joined the menagerie of sculptures in the Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen Sculpture Garden at the MFAH — one a voluptuous goddess named Cybele, the other, titled Le génie du repos éternel (Spirit of Eternal Repose).
Acclaimed as the greatest sculptor since Michelangelo, Rodin renewed the ancient art of sculpture, boldly bringing it into the 20th century.
Anna Tahinci explores these new additions to the Cullen Sculpture Garden, as well as additional Rodin sculptures on view in the museum's galleries, in the context of the artist's life and work. She examines how Rodin interacted with his contemporaries, how he responded to the values and ideas of the culture of his time, and why the origins of modern sculpture are traced to him.
A reception and docent-led tours follow the talk.