Rodin Works on View in Three Galleries, Plus Outdoor Sculpture

Rodin! The Complete Stanford Collection
Opened February 18, 2009, now ongoing

Stanford, California - The Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University announces the opening of its newly expanded Rodin galleries. On February 18, 2009, the Center's entire collection of works in bronze, plaster, ceramic, stone, and wax by renowned French sculptor Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) reopens to the public and continues on view indefinitely. This is one of nine new exhibitions this year that focus on the Cantor Arts Center's rich and diverse collections.

In addition to approximately 200 works in three galleries dedicated to his work, including the monumental sculpture “The Thinker,” the Stanford campus boasts 20 major works in the Rodin Sculpture Garden, adjacent to the Center, plus the “Burghers of Calais” nearby on campus. This is the world's largest collection of Rodin's bronzes outside Paris. Admission is free to the museum, its 24 galleries, and sculpture garden.

“This collection is almost entirely a product of the extraordinary generosity of Iris and B. Gerald Cantor and their foundation. Its contents reflect the guidance of the late Stanford professor Albert Elsen, who was the foremost Rodin scholar of his generation. With this new installation, we are striving to fulfill the aspirations of these collaborators, who sought to create an effective teaching collection for the benefit of the Stanford community and all our visitors,” said Bernard Barryte, curator of European art and manager of publications. “To achieve this,
we've organized the display to highlight Rodin's working process and greatest accomplishments.”

The installation clusters works associated with specific projects, such as “The Gates of Hell,” so visitors can see the sculptor's struggles to give shape to his ideas and how he reused and adapted compositional ideas in successive projects. Rodin explored various genre, including the portrait, and he pioneered the use of the partial figure, such as hands and feet, as independent vehicles for emotional expression. These works are grouped together as well. Works on paper will change, due to their sensitivity to light and the need to preserve them for future generations.
This exhibition is made possible by support from the Robert Mondavi Family Fund.

BOOKS: An 83-page introduction to the Center's Rodin collection is available for $12.95. The award-winning book is written by Elsen, edited and revised by Barryte. A 662-page volume, Rodin's Art: The Rodin Collection of the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University, is available in hardcover ($75) and paperback ($55). Elsen collaborated with Rosalyn Frankel Jamison to compile this catalogue, also edited by Barryte.

FREE TOURS: Docents lead free tours of the Rodin sculpture, both in the galleries and in the garden, Wednesdays at 2 pm, Saturdays at 11:30 am, and Sundays at 3 pm, rain or shine. In addition, from February 19 through May 28, 2009, docents give tours on Thursdays at 2 pm.

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VISITOR INFORMATION: Cantor Arts Center is open Wednesday – Sunday, 11 am – 5 pm, Thursday until 8 pm. Admission is free. The Center is located on the Stanford campus, off Palm Drive at Museum Way. Parking is free after 4 p.m. and all day on weekends. Information: 650-723-4177,

Selected high-resolution images are available for publicity use
Call 650-724-3600 or email

Auguste Rodin
Age of Bronze, 1875-76
Bronze, cast Alexis Rudier Foundry
71 x 20 x 20 inches

Free Docent Tours
Docents offer free tours of the collection on Wednesdays at 2 pm, Saturdays at 11:30 am, and Sundays at 3 pm, rain or shine. Learn more