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Rodin exhibit comes to North Georgia

Dahlonega university to feature works by famed artist

POSTED: May 4, 2011 6:16 p.m.
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North Georgia College & State University will present an exhibit of sculptures by Auguste Rodin through July 10.

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DAHLONEGA — Presented by North Georgia College & State University and the Dahlonega Arts Council, "Rodin: The Figure in Bronze" features 24 posthumous original bronze sculptures by Auguste Rodin, a master sculptor in human forms and anatomy.

The exhibit is in the university's Library Technology Center from Saturday through July 10. Admission is free.

The pieces featured in the exhibit are on loan from Erin Wertenberger's gallery in Atlanta.

"The Rodin exhibition brings to North Georgia sculpture of tremendous beauty by a world-famous artist," said Pam Sachant, head of North Georgia's visual art department. "Working with our community partners, we are excited to have an exhibition of such importance at the university and to have the opportunity to share art of this caliber."

During his lifetime, Rodin was widely recognized as the greatest sculptor of the era. The exhibit showcases one of Rodin's most famous works, "The Kiss" (1885), along with several other notable bronzes such as "The Hand of The Great Thinker" (1903) and "The Age of Bronze" (1876). The posthumous original bronzes featured in the upcoming exhibit are cast from authenticated molds and plasters following the metallurgical formulations and patina finishing approaches used by Auguste Rodin and other sources.

During the course of the exhibit, the university is hosting several cultural and educational events related to the sculptures and the artist, including discussions about Rodin, French culture and history, and Rodin's influence both on his contemporaries and modern artists. Other special events include a hands-on day for the visually impaired, days set aside for high school and university art students and a day for seniors.

The university also is looking for art lovers willing to give two hours to answer questions and otherwise help visitors to the show. Interested in being a docent? Contact Cynthia Horne, crhorne@northgeorgia.edu.



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