A new exhibition featuring some of the most iconic bronze statues of the 19th and 20th century is coming to the south of France this summer. Rodin’s infamous bronze sculpture ‘Les Bourgeois de Calais’ will be among eight of his works on display for the new exhibition opening in the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Provence this July. The opening of the exhibition will take place from 7th July to 9th September. Fourteen other statues will be included in the exhibition, all created by Rodin’s contemporaries.
Aristide Maillol’s life size sculpture ‘Été’, which is usually displayed in the Jardin Tuileries in Paris will be part of the exhibition alongside one of Joseph Bernard’s most well-known statue ‘Young Girl with the Pitcher’ (usually exhibited at the Musée d'Orsay). ‘The Flight’ by Joseph Csaky of the first Cubists and ‘The Head of the White Bear’ by François Pompon, a pioneer of modern animal sculptures, will be on show and will help to give viewers a more comprehensive idea of emerging art movements at the time.
Edward Horswell, a renowned sculptor explains, "Rodin played a very important role in the way monumental sculpture is conceived and perceived today, since the seemingly informal style of his works opens up a more direct dialogue with the public. All of the artworks displayed at McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Provence share a common trait: they were meant to become publicly displayed monumental works and delighted millions of people around the world. The public here has the opportunity to more closely discover some of the most famous European sculptures of the last two centuries.”
The exhibition is free to everyone and various events will be organised for children, students and adults alike.