RODIN … MASTER OF SCULPTURES AT THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS – BUDAPEST

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Museum of Fine Arts – Budapest   “Opened in 1906, the museum concentrates on international art exemplifying all major periods of European art. Its 100,000-item permanent collection – founded on contributions from Buda Castle, the Esterhazy and Zichy collections – is organized around six sections: Egyptian, Greek and Roman Classical Antiquities, Old Sculpture Gallery, Old Master Paintings (13th to 18th centuries), the Modern Collection, and Graphic Art (printmaking and drawings). Highlights include a superb collection of works by El Greco, Velazquez and Goya, as well as German, Netherlandish, Flemish, French and English master artists. Modern artworks exemplify Barbizon landscapes, French Impressionism and sculpture by Auguste Rodin.”

A brief overview of what took place at the officially opening  at  the Rodin exhibition.

Dr László Baán, General Director of the Museum of Fine Arts and the Hungarian National Gallery posted in invitation to the opening of the cabinet exhibition and naturally had the pleasure to participate at the master of arts, Rodin’s exhibition. As the director started his talk, he said: ” The Museum of Fine Arts, Hungary is honored to the Rodin Museum, Paris whom supported this exhibition and we pay  tribute to the magnificent cooperation between our two museums for being able to hold an exhibition of the greatest French sculptor artist of the 19th century.”

The opening speech presented by Pál Mácsai, Jászai Mari-winning Hungarian actor and since 2004 founder and director of the István Örkény Theater: “I am not too often doing speeches at openings, but my good friend László Baán ask me to open Rodin’s exhibition and I felt very honored for the call despite I am also is fond of Rodin’s artworks. He added: “We actors may only leave some prints of our acts to our audience whether it is a good or a poor act on the floors of the theater.” Absolutely, on the stage of  Rodin’s you just hold your breath, and be amaze the sophisticated artistic creations that will remain immortal.

Ferenc Tóth, curator of the exhibition and also curator at the Department of Art after 1800.This exhibition is the 8th part of the cabinet exhibition series of the Department of Art after 1800 held  a presentation connected to the opening of the magnificent artworks of Rodin.

The “Rodin”   exhibition can be visited at  the Museum of Fine Arts until March, 3. 2013.

Opening hours throughout the  week 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. except on Mondays 

Background of what to see at the exhibition:

The Budapest Museum of Fine Arts collection representing the art of the turn-of-the-century was assembled in the period between the founding of the institution in 1896. The opening to the public was in 1906. In the following years it was moulded into unit notable on an international level as well. From among all contemporary acquisitions the purchasing of 5 Rodin statues prepared by the artist distinctly stands out.

How it all happened … The details of the negotiations conducted in the next 2 years on two bronze, two plasters and one marble sculpture can be traced step-by-step in Térey’s letters addressed to Rodin. These are preserved in the archives in Paris at the Rodin Museum, also of these records at the Museum of Fine Arts Budapest. Through the source-book accompanying the exhibition these important documents are published for the first time. The year 1900 brought a decisive turn in the popularity of Rodin’s work. The Museum of Fine Arts obtained the five superb sculptures of the artist at the most opportune moment, prior to the rising of his international career and thus the price of his works.Three of the five artworks,”The Age of Bronze”, the “Portrait of Alexandre Falguiere” and “Eternal Springtime” were made directly on commission by the museum,

“Eternal Springtime” photograph dedicated by Auguste Rodin to Gyula Wlassics, Hungarian minister of religion and public education. The photo was taken by Eugéne Druet between 1896 and 1900. To-day it is at a Hungarian private collector.  The dedicated photograph taken of a previously made marble copy of “Eternal Springtime” was requested from the artist by Gábor Térey in order to persuade the minister to purchase the sculpture.

The Hungarian state’s following order was the plaster cast of two of the works shown in the time the Paris World Fair, The Age of Bronze and Alexandre Falguiére Portrait. At the time the plaster casts of the statues were considered of equal rank. Rodin developed this technique to so far unheard of perfection. An X-ray image taken in 2011 of the example of  The Age  of  Bronze held by the Museum of Fine Arts proves the procedure of plaster casting. It has been established that the wall of the cast in comparison to the full size of the work is very thin, around 57mm. The separately cast elements are held together by a tightly bound fabric net, pasted from the inside. Without using armature,m the insures the stable structure of the standing figure. Though the solution was characteristic of Rodin’s workshop in the case of smaller works, in this size it is considered a rarity.

Beside others can be seen: Theseus Fighting the Centaur Bianor from 1849, by Antoine-Louis Barye, 1896 – 1875 Paris. Also Portrait of Auguste Rodin from 1897, by Eugéne Carriére , 1849 – 1906.

The exhibition and catalog were created with the assistance of the Vaszary Villa  at Balatonfüred.

To visit the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions it is also possible with  the Rodin’s entrance ticket.

Update and snaps by Aggie Reiter

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