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Rodin, the Met, and the New Media

September 20, 2017 by Jack Dziamba. New Post Goes Up Every Wednesday.

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Rodin at the MET  – September 16, 2017 – January 15, 2018

 

“On the centenary of the death of Auguste Rodin (1840–1917), The Metropolitan Museum of Art celebrates its historic collection of the artist’s work. Nearly 50 marbles, bronzes, plasters, and terracottas by Rodin, representing more than a century of acquisitions and gifts to the Museum, are displayed in the newly installed and refurbished B. Gerald Cantor Sculpture Gallery (gallery 800). The exhibition features iconic sculptures such as The Thinker and The Hand of God, as well as masterpieces such as The Tempest that have not been on view in decades. ” (metmuseum.org)

Rodin/ the Met/New Media

The Met has made use of the tools of the New Media to make the Rodin exhibition accessible to all. For those who can visit the Met in New York, the exhibition is breathtaking. For those, however, unable to make the visit,  the Met has made it possible for everyone to see the complete exhibition. thus fulfilling the mission of making Art available to everyone, everywhere.

The Full Exhibition Online

The Met has made the full exhibition available online. Often, a museum will show only a few of the objects in an exhibition, to give the viewer a brief view, perhaps as a teaser for a visit. In the global world, the Met has realized that everyone is not able to make the visit to New York. Thus, it has chosen to put the entire easily found under the Exhibition Objects tab, and which can be enlarged to virtually bring the viewer into the presence of the work.

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Videos

among the videos made available online is one demonstrating how a one of Rodin’s bronze sculpture is cast using the Lost Wax method, produced by The musée Rodin – Paris.

Another video shows how a sculpture is made.

Links

The Met also provides links  to The musée Rodin – Paris. to find additional resources on  (in French and English), and to the worldwide celebration of the artist’s work at Rodin100.org.

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Mission

The Met’s Rodin exhibition online has uniquely fulfilled the mission of making Art available to everyone, everywhere.

 

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