Tuesday 22 May 2018


Rodin and the art of ancient Greece

Private viewing at the British Museum with Director, Hartwig Fischer

Rodin first visited London and the British Museum in 1881 and was hugely impressed by the collection, particularly the sculptures of the Parthenon.

In this exhibition, for the very first time, visitors will be able to appreciate Rodin’s extraordinary talent as a sculptor by showing his work alongside the very Parthenon sculptures that inspired him. This comparison will provide unique insight into the full breadth and depth of Rodin’s vision, and provide new insight into the sculptures of an artist that everyone thought they knew.

Thanks to a collaboration with the Musée Rodin in Paris, over 90 works in marble, bronze and plaster – along with some of Rodin’s sketches – will be displayed in conversation with ancient Greek art.

Pi’s private viewing, with an introduction from a British Museum curator, is made possible through the kind collaboration of the Trustees and Director of the British Museum.

Hartwig Fischer

Hartwig has been Director of the British Museum since 2016. Prior to this he was Director of the Dresden State Art Collections (from 2012 to 2016).

Auguste Rodin (1840–1917), Pallas (Athena) with the Parthenon. Marble and plaster, 1896. © Musée Rodin. Photo: Christian Baraja.

“in my spare time I simply haunt the British Museum”

Auguste Rodin