Throughout his career, Auguste Rodin collaborated with photographers and photographic publishers for the reproduction of his works. The sculptor preserved all his copies for commercial or artistic purposes.
It is only at the end of the years 1970 that the Rodin museum, opened since 1919, started to take an interest in this collection ; later, the museum began to buy photographies dating back to Rodin’s time or taken by contemporary artists willing to take a fresh look at the sculptor and his museum.
As it can be seen with the works of Mac Adams and Patrick Hourcade, exposed in the graphic arts gallery of the museum, the interest for Rodin has not disappeared at the beginning of the 21st century. If their photographs give a new outlook on the work and the universe of the sculptor, they continue and enrich a story started at the end of the 19th century.
Mac Adams, « sculptor who happens to use photography » makes us discover the Villa des Brillants - where Rodin lived at the end of his life - in the reflection of metal polished as a mirror. Intriguing images reveal what is behind the photographer and even better, what could have seen Robin posing for the photographer. This ball of polished metal is his eye.
The plastic artist, video maker, designer and writer Patrick Hourcade, leads us in the photographic process carried out over several years on night image capture. In line with the famous photographer Edward Steichen who captured, in 1908, the Balzac of Rodin during the night, he haunts the Bourgeois de Calais in the garden of the Biron hotel, brings to the surface the Penseur and many other sculpted and poetic forms in the light of the night.
Heritage hotspot, vestige of the Ancient Régime, its building, annexes and gardens have followed, depending on their successive uses, an evolution and transformations closely fitting the political, social and cultural history. The Rodin museum has always been opened to the creation of its time.
The museums takes care since 1919 of the conservation and the diffusion of Auguste Rodin’s work.