Time for some art.
If you’re after a spot of culture this Spring, look no further than the Musée Rodin. Tucked away in Paris’s 7th arrondissement, a few streets from the Musée D’Orsay, it’s the perfect way to spend a sunny afternoon.The museum contains the largest collection of Rodin’s sculptures, which have been on display to the public since 1919. Allegorical and mythologically inspired works are dotted around the Hotel Biron’s gardens and within the 18th century mansion itself. Chances are you won’t know much about the classically inspired sculptor (1840-1917) so the museum provides a crash course on the artist.
But it’s the museum’s garden which makes the place unmissable. Stroll along the 3 hectares of shady pathways admiring the sculptures, have a spot of lunch in the outdoor cafe or you could even play a game of ‘pétanque’ in the sun.The Gates of Hell and The Burghers of Calais are amongst his most recognised works. Not to mention the iconic The Thinker. Rodin placed his sculptures around the elaborate gardens because he believed: “Nature and Antiquity are the two great sources of life for an artist. In any event, Antiquity implies nature. It is its truth and its smile.”
Plus, the museum’s temporary exhibition of 300 drawings, ‘Capturing the model’, shows Rodin’s talent in a different light. Discover his obsession with the human form and movement in the drawings which took up the latter part of his career.
Visiting the museum for the first time since having seen the delightful ‘Midnight in Paris’, I couldn’t help but think of this scene… Hopefully you won’t be visiting with a friend as pedantic as Paul, and the tour guide won’t be Carla Bruni-Sarkozy either. You do get a nice glimpse of the garden in this clip though!
Musée Rodin, Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5.45pm. ‘Capturing the model’ runs til 1 April.